The #SONA2019 slap has led to a case of assault being opened against the Economic Freedom Fighters. Warrant Officer Johan Carstens opened the case after the party's head of security, Marshall Dlamini, allegedly assaulted him.
The EFF's altercation with a policeman, Warrant Officer Johan Carstens, has led to the officer opening a case of assault against the party.This came after the EFF's head of security, Marshall Dlamini, got into a scuffle at the State of The Nation Address on Thursday, 7 February.The EFF has claimed that the incident had been in self-defence and was in response to an assassination threat against the party's leader, Julius Malema.
The slap was filmed, and the video went viral on social media really quickly, causing quite a stir in South Africa.The government responded by saying the Members of Parliament's behaviour was shameful, as reported by The Citizen.The Parliament's statement on the matter read as follows:An initial report alleges that Warrant Officer Johan Carstens, responsible for cordoning off the exit area for the procession, faced sudden confrontation and was attacked by the EFF MP, resulting in facial injuries.
Officer Carstens has opened an assault case with the police. The presiding officers will await a full report on the matter in order to determine an appropriate course of action.READ ALSO: Fact check: Unraveling Cyril Ramaphosa's SONA 2019 promisesMeanwhile, Police Minister Bheki Cele's office has confirmed that it received info on the claims of an assassination threat against Malema that would have been carried out at #SONA2019.Briefly.co.za reported that Reneilwe Serero, Bheki Cele's spokesperson, could not divulge when the police received this information but said it was before the address took place.