EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu’s assault case has been postponed to February 2022 after his advocate made the request to the magistrate, saying he was tied up by a High Court trial in Pretoria.

A Cape Argus report says during a brief appearance at the Cape Town Magistrate’s Court, the state objected to the request for postponement and said the matter had gone on much longer than expected.

The state argued that it had two witnesses available and was ready to proceed, but the court granted the request for a postponement.

However, the prosecutor asked for it to be placed on record that the state was at all relevant times ready to proceed.

The report notes Shivambu is charged with common assault following an assault on a journalist in the parliamentary precinct in March 2018.

Adrian de Kock was allegedly choked and hit in the face when he approached Shivambu for comment on former Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s disciplinary hearing, which was being held in Parliament at the time.

De Kock said he approached Shivambu for comment on the De Lille issue, but was pushed away.

The incident happened in full view of journalists and parliamentary staff.

During the incident, a scuffle broke out between De Kock and Shivambu, who later walked away when he saw other journalists approaching.

Full Cape Argus report