South Africa’s Malema Presents Himself to Police Over Gun Probe

(Bloomberg) — South African opposition chief Julius Malema offered himself to the police’s particular investigative unit over allegations that he illegally fired a weapon.

Malema arrived on the workplaces of the so-called Hawks within the capital, Pretoria, on Tuesday. His get together, the Financial Freedom Fighters, stated Monday the unit would challenge a warning assertion to Malema. The 38-year-old was filmed allegedly taking pictures a rifle into the air in the course of the get together’s five-year anniversary celebrations within the southern city of East London final 12 months.

Malema advised reporters the Hawks knowledgeable him additional investigations are being performed on the incident after a prosecutor refused to maneuver on the proof offered earlier than him. Recognized for his abrasive politics, Malema heads the nation’s third-biggest opposition get together and infrequently portrays himself as a defender of the poor.

“Somebody, someplace is sitting and making silly choices and never making use of the regulation,” he stated. “What is occurring right here is that they’re utilizing us as a diversion.”

His look earlier than the Hawks got here a day after the Every day Maverick, a Johannesburg-based information web site, alleged that Malema was a beneficiary of funds embezzled from failed VBS Mutual Financial institution and used the cash to finance his political aspirations and lavish life-style, together with the acquisition of Gucci attire and different luxurious objects.

EFF spokesman Mbuyiseni Ndlozi stated he couldn’t instantly remark when contacted on Tuesday. The get together has beforehand stated there’s no proof its officers did something incorrect.

“The allegations on VBS are a fabrication and unfounded,” Malema stated. “Louis Vuitton and Gucci, I’ve worn it earlier than. I don’t purchase it with VBS cash.”

He stated he received’t take any motion in opposition to the Every day Maverick.

Learn extra on EFF and VBS Mutual Financial institution

Malema established the EFF in July 2013 after he was expelled from the ruling African Nationwide Congress. His get together received 11% of the nationwide vote in Might eight elections.

(Updates with Malema’s feedback beginning in fourth paragraph.)

–With help from Amogelang Mbatha.

To contact the reporter on this story: Nkululeko Ncana in Johannesburg at nncana@bloomberg.internet

To contact the editors answerable for this story: Paul Richardson at pmrichardson@bloomberg.internet, Rene Vollgraaff, Pauline Bax

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