A warrant of arrest has been issued for EFF leader Julius Malema for not appearing in court on five charges related to him allegedly discharging a firearm at an Eastern Cape rally in 2018.
The arrest warrant has been stayed until his next court appearance in May.
Malema and co-accused Adriaan Snyman faced the charges for allegedly discharging a rifle during the EFF’s fifth-anniversary celebrations at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane in 2018.
The East London Magistrate’s Court issued the arrest warrant after Malema was absent on Monday, SABC News and JoziFM reported. The State was meant to hand over video evidence to the defence on Monday.
Malema responded to the news on Twitter by posting a cryptic tweet.
Malema’s lawyer, Ian Levitt, told News24 that the warrant had been stayed until his client’s next court appearance, and would not be executed.
Levitt said that while he understood the warrant would not be executed until then, he explained why it was issued.
He said the defence had an agreement with the State that Malema would not have to be in court for every hearing before the trial process began.