The assault case of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and MP Mbuyiseni Ndlozi will resume in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court, north of Johannesburg, on Monday morning.

The two are accused of assaulting police officer Lt-Col Johannes Venter 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.

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 is 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.

Malema and Ndlozi in court on assault charges on March 9, 2021: