The trial of Malema and his co-accused postponed to September

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The trial of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his co-accused Adriaan Snyman has been postponed to the first week of September by the East London Magistrates’ Court in the Eastern Cape.

Malema is accused of discharging a firearm during the party’s 5th birthday celebrations in 2015 at Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane. The pair is facing charges of illegal possession of a firearm, contravention of the Firearms Control Act, the illegal possession of ammunition and reckless endangerment to persons or property.

A weeklong trial that had eight state witnesses taking the stand. A Forensic Ballistic expert, Lieutenant-Colonel Mandisi Mgwadleka who examined a cartridge that was picked up by a cleaner after the celebrations, was the last to testify. He told the court that out of the 40 firearms he tested, one of them matched the cartridge case that was found at the stadium.

The defence questioned the objectivity of his findings. However, Mgwadleka says the outcomes were confirmed by the other industry experts.

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