EFF leader Julius Malema speaks at the EFF's fifth birthday celebrations in East London. Photo: ANA

PORT ELIZABETH - The South African Police Service (SAPS) on Wednesday confirmed that a case of discharging of a firearm in a built-up area was registered, this after Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema was captured on video apparently discharging what appeared to look like an assault rifle at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium in Mdantsane on Saturday.  

The EFF was in East London in the Eastern Cape over the weekend where it celebrated its fifth birthday anniversary. 

The video shows the EFF singing and dancing on stage. During a song, Malema goes to the side of the stage and appears to fire several rounds from the rifle. 

EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi was reported to have dismissed the claims, saying that the gun seen in the video was a toy gun with no real bullets. 

National police spokesperson, Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo confirmed that SAPS had registered a case of discharging of a firearm in a built up are, adding that due process would follow. 

The Firearms Control Act; Section 120(3)(c) states that it is an offence to have control of a loaded firearm, an antique firearm or an airgun in circumstances where it creates a risk to the safety of any person. 

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African News Agency (ANA)