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gavel thumb100 SowetanLive reports that EFF leader Julius Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena has been acquitted on four counts of attempted murder by the Polokwane High Court.  

Having found the evidence of four state witnesses to be 'dishonest, unreliable and disingenuous', Judge Ephraim Makgoba ruled on Tuesday that Mokwena acted in self-defence and had no intention to kill anyone.  Mokwena was accused of attempted murder after he shot and injured four farmworkers over a salary dispute at Zebediela Citrus Farm Estate in 2017.  Mokwena said he shot one of the workers because he would have been wasting his time trying to escape the violent scene and added that he had had no time to be fighting over a gun with Maile Mamokhere, whom he shot on the hand.  "There was no time, I had to shoot and run,” Mokwena told the court.  But, prosecutor Johann Kotzee insisted that Mokwena's life had not been in danger.  Communal Property Association chairperson Ben Takalo said workers at the Zebediela Citrus farm had wanted Mokwena removed from his position after he reneged on his promise to pay salaries and find investors.  Mokwena was the farm's managing director.

  • Read the original of this report in full at SowetanLive
  • Read too, Mokwena shat at farm workers randomly, at SowetanLive

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