Julius Malema celebrated his 41st birthday in court today, after he was charged with illegally using a firearm during a 2018 EFF rally.
His day had appeared to be rather gloomy – until a number of his comrades arrived at the East London Regional Court to throw him a surprise party.
The unusual scenes saw a number of EFF bigwigs enter the courtroom during the lunchbreak, carrying placards and messages of support for their embattled leader. This is the second time in a week Malema has been dragged to court by AfriForum, following a recent hate speech case.
Struggle songs and elaborate cakes also formed part of the celebrations, which brought a beaming smile to Juju’s face. The political firebrand posed for pictures, and even record the events on his own phone.
There is an outside chance Julius Malema could face a prison sentence for contravening the Firearms Act.
Four years ago, he was handed an automatic rifle on stage during the EFF’s five-year anniversary celebrations. He discharged it in front of a large crowd, firing bullets into the air with reckless abandon.
alema, however, has protested his innocence – despite video footage showing he DID pull the trigger. Nonetheless, the arduous legal proceedings failed to put a dampener on Juju’s surprise party.
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