Mamabolo charged over 'distasteful' SMS to Malema

Julius Malema.(Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

Julius Malema.(Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

The crimen injuria charge includes an assault charge following a spat via SMS, according to a report on Friday.

The Sowetan reported Mamabolo would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday after he allegedly sent a threatening text message to Malema saying he would exhume his late mother Mahlodi's body and take it to his grandmother's Sarah's home in Seshego.

Mamabolo arrived at the Polokwane police station on Thursday accompanied by his lawyer Pholoto Seopela, who asked that he should not be kept in custody. He was released on warning.

Malema laid charges against Mamabolo after receiving the text message.

Earlier this week, the Star reported that Mamabolo sent Malema the SMS, which said: "This time I want to show you that I am more brutal and exhume Mahlodi from the grave and lay her in front of [your grandmother's house]. You have done many bad things to me."

Burnt coffins and burnt bridges 
Mamabolo's spat with Malema has a history. In a previous publicity stunt Mamabolo burnt a mock coffin to celebrate Malema's expulsion from the ANC. Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi has confirmed that Malema had opened a crimen injuria case against Mamabolo. Malema and Buthane rejected Mamabolo's claims involving his girlfriend.

"That woman is [too] ugly for my liking. She is not in my league," Buthane said. He added he respected other people's relationships. Lebogo could not be reached for comment. Lonely Mamabolo is not the only friend Malema is on bad terms with. He recently stated that he was being deserted by his friends, who now treat him as leper.

"I have lost a lot of friends. I am one person who believes that those who leave you during difficult moments were never with you even before ... " he said in an interview with the Rapport and City Press newspapers. "We've seen friends vacillating. We've seen friends bowing to the pressure of the enemy. 

We've seen friends speaking in tongues and some are even so ashamed to be seen with you in public because to them you look like you've got leprosy and some don't even take your calls. If they do, they are very impatient," he told the newspapers. – Additional reporting by Sapa

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