South Africa: Shivambu Shimmies in and Out of Court, Facing Assault Charges

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A week before the EFF elects its new leadership, Deputy President Floyd Shivambu appeared in court facing assault charges on Thursday after being filmed on camera accosting a journalist at Parliament.

EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu made a brief appearance at the Cape Town Magistrate's Court on Thursday, 5 December.

Shivambu was seen in the court's hallway with his earphones in and dressed in navy - not the signature red EFF colours. He seemed calm while sitting next to his attorney, Ross McKernan.

He was charged with "common assault" after he accosted Netwerk24 journalist Adrian de Kock in the Parliamentary precinct on 20 March last year, moments before Patricia de Lille was due to appear before the DA for a disciplinary hearing.

De Kock sustained minor injuries to his back.

The NPA confirmed charges against Shivambu last week, on the same day that president Julius Malema was charged for discharging a firearm at an EFF event in the Eastern Cape in 2018.

Shivambu's court appearance on Thursday took place a week before the EFF is due to elect their new leadership at its Nasrec conference on 13 December.

The incident was captured on film. Shivambu had his hand around De...

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