The Economic Freedom Fighters’ Treasurer-General, Omphile Maotwe approached the Pretoria Central Police Station today to press charges against attorney Zehir Omar for allegedly inciting Muslims to congregate during the Nationwide lockdown.
The Disaster Management Regulations spells out that gatherings are prohibited during the lockdown in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.
According to the red-berrets, Omar encouraged Muslims to to go to their mosques for prayers despite the regulations prohibiting any form of religious gathering.
“No, the message is very clear, it was said by government that anyone who contravenes the lockdown regulations must see the full might of the law. So, we are saying he must be arrested with immediate effect. We opened the case today and gave the police 24 hours to go and arrest him. If they don’t, we invite the military to do that and take him to court and get him locked-up. If they don’t they will be directly provoking us to take community arrest. We don’t want to go there, we are the law abiding citizens of this country,”Maotwe said.
However, Omar has said that he was more than prepared to go to court.
” I want to state equivocally to all that i never told the public to disobey the law.The EFF and the lawyers know that the arrest should not be used as a method of punishing someone. I am willing to submit myself to the police and the court. I am willing to answer to a court. I don’t have to be arrested or punished for a conduct which I’m deemed innocent until I’m proven guilty.” said Omar.