There are always fireworks when Julius Malema is present – and having Mbuyiseni Ndlozi for company means we are never more than a spark of chaos in the courtroom. The fuse was lit Thursday after EFF management entered into a heated argument with a lawyer who threatened to turn physical.
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The police were able to intervene and resolve the situation before it got out of hand. But breathtaking footage from Randburg Magistrates’ Court shows both Malema and Ndlozi towering over a defender near the alley.
The couple accused the lawyer of blocking their exit from the courtroom. The verbal exchanges soured almost instantly, as Julius Malema yelled questions about the so-called “obstruction”. Still the relevant deputy, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi intervened, calling the lawyer a “ liar ” when he tried to explain:
Watch: Julius Malema and Mbuyiseni Ndlozi confront lawyer in court
WATCH: As the court adjourned for a short break, another scuffle broke out where Malema and Ndlozi dabbled in a white lawyer accusing him of disrespecting the court.#EFF #RandburgMagistrateCourt pic.twitter.com/NSPPdpkZll
– Newsnote Agency (@NewsnoteNetwork) October 29, 2020
And, for those who want a second angle on the drama:
[WATCH]There was an exchange of words by @Julius_S_Malema & @MbuyiseniNdlozi with one of the white lawyers (his race matters in this context). Malema tried to get into the dock and an exchange ensued. “You think being an Afrikaner makes you superior” @ Newzroom405 pic.twitter.com/JboBwWquCd
– Ziyanda N (@ZiyandaNgcobo) October 29, 2020
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This fiery confrontation may not be the best look for Malema or Ndlozi, given that they are both in court defending themselves against assault charges. Although no contact was established between the parties, how the two Red Berets registered their grievances became one of the main talking points of the day.
Earlier Thursday, Johannes Venter – the man who claims to have been assaulted by EFF representatives in 2018 – had his testimony analyzed by the defense. However, by the afternoon all eyes were back on the CIC and its commissioner.
Watch: Chaos in the courtroom – Malema and Ndlozi attempt to move the lawyer from his seat
SourceWatch: Chaos in the courtroom – Malema and Ndlozi attempt to move the lawyer from his seat