South Africa 26.2.2014 10:13 am

Malema investigated after alleged road rage incident – police

FILE PICTURE: EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa in Johannesburg, 21 February 2014, to launch his 2014 election manifesto. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

FILE PICTURE: EFF leader Julius Malema arrives at Mehlareng Stadium in Tembisa in Johannesburg, 21 February 2014, to launch his 2014 election manifesto. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema is being investigated for assault after allegedly ‘slapping’ a motorist in Polokwane, Limpopo police said on Wednesday.

“A case of common assault and damage to property has been opened by a motorist, who said Malema and three men assaulted him in a street in Polokwane on Tuesday night,” said spokesman Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

The 22-year-old motorist alleged that he was cornered by a Mercedes Benz when he turned into the street that drove very close to him.

“The motorist said he hooted to the driver of the Mercedes to make him aware that he was too close to him, but to no avail. The Mercedes then stopped in front of him,” said Hangwani.

Three men allegedly climbed out of the vehicle, followed by Malema. According to the complainant there was an exchange of words and he was grabbed by the three men shortly before Malema allegedly assaulted him. 

“Mr Malema allegedly gave him a slap on the face,” said Mulaudzi.

Malema also allegedly hit the man’s vehicle, damaging one of the windows.

 

Police are investigating the matter and are in the process of getting statements from Malema and his companions.

– Sapa

 

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