Julius Malema’s firearm discharge case continues

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is back at the East London Magistrate’s Court Malema as he faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and three counts of contravening the Firearms Control Act.

Malema allegedly discharged a rifle at an EFF rally in 2018 at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape.


As previously reported by The South African, the EFF was celebrating its fifth anniversary in East London. In a video that was widely circulated on social media, party leaders could be seen dancing and singing on the stage and then Malema allegedly is seen firing the rifle into the air before he hands it over to his bodygaurd Adriaan Snyman. Malema then give’s EFF then-chairman Dali Mpofu a high five.

Snyman faces one count of contravening the Firearms Control Act. He is also charged with and failure to take reasonable precautions to avoid danger to a person’s property.

Roughly one month after the shooting incident, Malema denied ever having discharged a firearm. Having an explanation for video footage, he said the sounds of gunshots happened to coincide with fireworks. 

Malema and Snyman have pleaded not guilty to all charges.


On Tuesday in court, Malema insisted that there was no way he could have committed crime in the presence of the police who were on stage with him.

Malema questioned why he wasn’t arrested immediately if he did indeed discharge a firearm during the celebrations.

He further told the court that he did not use any firearm or gun that carries live ammunition, instead, he carried a toy gun.

In October 2023, magistrate Twanett Olivier  dismissed Malema and Snyman’s application to have the firearm discharge case struck off the roll.

In true Malema style, the politician addressed EFF supporters outside the court and lashed out at the Olivier saying she is incompetent and her decisions are politically influenced.

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