Tumi Mokwena  Julius Malema’s lawyer is in serious trouble after shooting out on four protesting workers. Advocate Mokwena left the protesters with gunshot wounds after releasing several shots on them and fleeing in his car.

He made his first appearance at the Thabamoopo Magistrates Court in Lebowakgomo on Friday after he was charged with four counts of attempted murder.

According to police reports one firearm was also confiscated during the arrest.

State prosecutor Advocate Solly Ngobeni said that police needed more time to confirm the condition of one of the victims.

During court proceedings Mokwena‚ who was dressed in a blue sweater‚ made a request for the chains on his ankles to be removed. “I shouldn’t be in leg chains when I appear before this court. It is very inhumane‚” he said.

The public gallery was filled with farm workers wearing read union shirts.