The Economic Freedom Fighters Leader’s Lawyer is in some serious trouble.
Julius Malema’s lawyer, advocate Tumi Mokoena, was on Thursday night negotiating his release from prison after being arrested for allegedly shooting and injuring four people at a Limpopo farm.
The shooting took place on Thursday at Zebediela Citrus Farm outside Polokwane.
Mokoena was representing five workers who had salary disputes with management.
A group of workers armed with stones and sticks allegedly confronted Mokoena, accusing him of failing to pay workers while he himself had been part of the farm’s management last year.
The group of workers accused Mokoena of increasing the salaries of a few workers while neglecting the rest. They allegedly demanded an explanation on their Unemployment Insurance Fund and tax deductions during his tenure.
Things got out of hand when workers demanded that Mokoena vacate the farm and allegedly started charging at him while he was in the offices. As he was trying to leave, the workers blocked his way. It was then that he allegedly shot at the employee’s, injuring four.
Limpopo police spokesperson Lieutenant-Colonel Moatshe Ngoepe said that Mokoena had produced a firearm and shot four protesters before fleeing the scene in his vehicle.
“The injured employees were taken to hospital with gunshot wounds after receiving first aid from the local clinic,” said Ngoepe, adding that one of the workers sustained a serious gunshot wound.
Mokoena was due to appear in the Lebowakgomo Magistrate’s Court, operating in the Thabamoopo district, on Friday.