The assault case of EFF leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has been postponed to April 7 next year in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, north of Johannesburg.

The two are accused of assaulting a police officer at the funeral of struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in 2018. The officer is alleged to have denied them entry to the Fourways cemetery because they had no accreditation.

The duo is accused of manhandling Lt-Col Johannes Venter in 2018 during the funeral of struggle stalwart.

Venter testified he was acting under instruction to only allow immediate family members and the President at the cemetery, and that the rest of the mourners would remain at the stadium where the proceedings would be live-streamed.

Malema and Ndlozi have both pleaded not guilty to the charges and believe there’s a conspiracy to find them guilty.

CCTV footage

In March, the state witness in the case told the court that he kept a copy of the CCTV footage of the incident for himself.

Deon Klingbiel was the manager of the Fourways Memorial Cemetery in 2018 during the funeral of Madikizela-Mandela.

Malema and Ndlozi’s legal representative, Advocate Laurence Hodes, questioned Klingbiel through an interpreter on why he did not mention in all of his three statements to the police, that he made a copy for himself.

The video below is of the October 29, 2020 court case in which the footage was being used as part of cross-examining a witness: