‘Kill the boer’: Malema buys top brand doesn’t mean he can pay R500,000

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The lawyer for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) told the High Court in Johannesburg that just because Julius Malema wears designer labels does not mean he or his party can afford to pay R500,000 in damages in the case “Kill the Boers”. .

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema at London Magistrates’ Court on March 1, 2022. Picture: @EFFSouthAfrica/Twitter.

JOHANNESBURG – The lawyer for the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) told the High Court in Johannesburg that just because Julius Malema wears designer labels does not mean he or his party can afford to shell out 500,000 rand for damages in connection with the “Kill the Boers” campaign. ” Case.

Lobby group AfriForum took legal action against EFF in six cases between 2016 and 2019 in which the controversial song Dubul’ Ibhunu which translates to “Shoot the Boer” or “Kill the Boer” was used by party members and by Malema at rallies and the like.

AfriForum is seeking damages from a non-profit organization that fights against hate speech.

On the stand, Malema claimed that he and his party could not afford the requested amount.

But during closing arguments, which took place in the Equality Court sitting at the High Court on Monday, AfriForum’s legal team questioned the veracity of this.

During oral argument, barrister Mark Oppenheimer, for AfriForum, suggested that the allegations in question could amount to perjury and cited, among other things, a R3 million donation which EFF had disclosed the receipt as well as the Malema’s fondness for designer clothes.

EFF lawyer Mfesane ka Siboto, however, said his clients never had a chance to challenge that evidence.

“Well, number one, it’s bar evidence, it’s undisputed because we’ve never had a chance to challenge it.”

Second, he says, it meant nothing: “It can’t just be because you wear a certain brand, it means you can afford a certain amount of money. In any event, there has never been any evidence other than that of my colleague on this subject,” Siboto said.

Judgment was reserved.

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