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TL;DR news on Julius Malema at February 19, 2023

Malema, on trial for charges relating to the Firearms Act, turns 41 today. Snyman is accused of handing the weapon to Malema. Malema was predictably bombastic and antagonistic, making for the sort of enthralling televised viewing one seldom sees in the rather dry reaches of court rooms. Malema has been addressing an EFF Siyabonga Rally in Waterberg, Limpopo, on Saturday where the EFF won Ward 3 in the November local government elections. The details: Malema faces charges of unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition, and three counts of contravening the Firearms Control Act. The background: The charges stem from a video showing Malema allegedly firing what appeared to be an automatic assault rifle during the EFF's fifth birthday celebrations. He took a swipe at politicians including Julius Malema and Nelson Mandela. All the Dubula, Dubula songs they sing have nothing to do with actually firing an AK47, you see; just ask EFF leader Julius Malema. He said he had met with Malema at the behest of Deputy Police Minister Cassel Mathale to address potential threats against the EFF leader. Yes, given the right staging, Julius could go far in the musical theatre.