Free State director of traffic management George Ramotsoto, on Tuesday, confirmed that Julius Malema’s driver has been released on free bail.
Malema’s driver was arrested by the police in Ventersburg in Free State in line with traffic law after he was caught speeding and refusing to co-operate with traffic officials.
As gathered, the driver was recorded allegedly driving at 187km/h in a 120km/h zone in the Parys area on Monday at around 06:10 while driving Malema to Bloemfontein High Court.
According to Ramotsoto, the driver was arrested in Ventersburg after traffic officers followed them more than 100km away from Parys area because the driver refused to stop.
After his arrest, Malema took over the driver’s seat and sped off to Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court, where he was due to appear on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.
The name of the driver and whether he appeared in court or not before his release still remains unclear to reporters.
In the meantime, the state has postponed the case against EFF leader Julius Malema to 5 June next year. On Monday, Malema made a brief appearance in the Bloemfontein Magistrate’s Court on charges of contravening the Riotous Assemblies Act.
The case was postponed pending the outcome of the High Court application challenging the constitutionality of the act. Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokoena confirmed the postponement of the case.
He said the move was taken in order to “enable us to prosecute the constitutional challenge of the Riotous Assemblies Act in the Pretoria High Court, which we filed sometime last week.”
Malema had earlier appeared in the Newcastle Magistrate’s Court, KwaZulu-Natal on November 7. His statements, which contravene the Riotous Assemblies Act was publicly made in 2014 and June 2016 respectively.
In 2014, the opposition leader told EFF’s elective conference in Bloemfontein that land is essential and must be occupied; because it belongs to indigenous blacks.
In June 2016, during the 61st Freedom Charter celebration, he also urged EFF’s supporters in Newcastle, in the northern KwaZulu-Natal, to take over unoccupied lands because it belongs to the country’s black African majority.