Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) CIC Julius Malema came out all guns blazing after meeting investigators at Hawks head office in Pretoria on allegations of discharging a firearm in public.
The leader denied the firearm accusations and claims that he spent R5million of VBS funds on horse racing and luxury items as alleged by journalist Pauli van Wyk.
“It’s absolute rubbish and there is nothing new about the Daily Maverick allegations. I am not using Mahuna’s money and he never received any money from VBS,” said Malema.
“I have always been wearing Louis Vuitton and Gucci, I did not start now and I do not apologise for that. My supporters voted for me knowing that I wear those brands. I didn’t start now and it will not be stopped by politician Pauli van Wyk. What I wear and don’t wear does not influence my political consciousness and commitment to the revolution.”
He added that as a leader, he will not waste his time going to court and suing the journalist on the false allegations: “I don’t have time and money to waste on Pauli van Wyk.”
Malema mentioned another National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) case of assault laid against him and the party’s spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi by a police officer who tried to stop them from entering the graveyard during the funeral of late Mama Winnie Mandela in April 2018.
He claimed that the officer ‘provoked’ them during an emotional day and time.
“As a son, I had to be next to the coffin and no white man was going to stop me from burying Mama Winnie. If I have to go to prison let it be, but no one was going to stop me from burying my mother,” he said.
The EFF leader angrily claimed that they tried to block him from speaking at Mama Winnie’s funeral and deployed white police officers to stop him from entering the graveyard.
“Now that they are making it an issue, I wish I had attacked him. I wish I had assaulted him so that I deal with a real case. That white man should thank his racist ancestors because something bad would have happened that day,” he said.
While, addressing his supporters, the leader encouraged his supporters to come in numbers for the planned memorial service of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe which will take place on Thursday.
“Let’s all remember Mugabe the best way we know how. If he was a villain to you, don’t impose that on us. What could be a hero to you may not be a hero to me,” he said.
Koketso Ramorei is a journalist and news editor of SADC News with years of experience in a number of genres including sports, politics and community reporting. He has worked for a numerous publications including The Citizen Newspaper and is a former editor of a Johannesburg-based off-campus publication called The Waldorfian Times.