Malema in hot water over alleged road rage incident

February 26, 2014 9:14 am
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Malema had an altercation late on Tuesday with a man who complained about the driving of the firebrand leader's S-Class Mercedes Benz/AFP-File
Malema had an altercation late on Tuesday with a man who complained about the driving of the firebrand leader’s S-Class Mercedes Benz/AFP-File
JOHANNESBURG, Feb 26 – South African opposition politician Julius Malema is under investigation for assault and for breaking a fellow driver’s car window in an alleged road rage incident, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Malema had an altercation late on Tuesday with a man who complained about the driving of the firebrand leader’s S-Class Mercedes Benz in the northern city of Polokwane, Hangwani Mulaudzi told AFP.

“Three guys came out of (Malema’s) car, grabbed him, and then he claims that Mr Malema joined the other three guys, slapped him in the face, and also damaged his vehicle,” said Mulaudzi.

The alleged victim opened a case of assault and damage to property.

“We are still investigating,” said Mulaudzi.

The expelled youth leader of the ruling African National Congress, now a prominent opposition leader, was arrested last year for driving 215 kilometres (134 miles) an hour in an area with a speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour.

He also faces charges of corruption, money laundering and racketeering for allegedly arranging lucrative government contracts for cronies in return for kickbacks.

A court declared him provisionally insolvent earlier this month after he failed to submit tax returns between 2006 and 2010.

A one-time staunch supporter of President Jacob Zuma, Malema has maintained that his prosecution is a political ploy to silence his relentless criticism of Zuma’s leadership.

His new left-leaning party the Economic Freedom Fighters will contest their first national elections on May 7.

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