[UPDATED] Warrant of arrest for Julius Malema for failing to appear in court

The East London Magistrate's Court has issued a warrant of arrest for Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema for falling to appear in court.

Malema was supposed to appear on Monday on a charge related to disarming a firearm in a public space in 2018.

During the party's 5th anniversary celebrations at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, Malema is seen in a video firing several rounds from the rifle.

Speaking to Clement Manyathela National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) Eastern Cape regional spokesperson says this is standard procedure.

RELATED: 'We are charging Julius Malema with discharging a firearm in public'

It means it won't be effected, you won't have police running around looking for the two accused people to arrest them until the next court date.

Luxolo Tyali, Eastern Cape regional spokesperson- National Prosecuting Authority

This is because an arrangement was made by the attorney and as the state, we are not opposed to that as procedurally that warrant of arrest had to be issued.

Luxolo Tyali, Eastern Cape regional spokesperson- National Prosecuting Authority

RELATED: Did Julius Malema fire a rifle in public or was it a simulation?

Malema is facing five different charges which include the unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment to a person or property. He is expected back in court on 8 May.

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