A top EFF MP on Thursday appeared in the Bellville Magistrates’ Court after allegedly contravening a protection order.

Nazier Paulsen was set to go on trial on charges relating to the contravention of the Domestic Violence Act.

Although the State was ready to proceed with the matter, his lawyer was a no-show.

Paulsen is believed to have violated part of a court order which prohibits him from entering the premises of his ex-wife.

Spokesperson for the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), Eric Ntabazalila, says the matter had to be postponed.

“The matter was on the roll for trial. However, it was postponed to 20 July provisionally for his attorney as the attorney was not in court yesterday,” Ntabazalila said.

Paulsen could face jail time should he be found guilty.

“Mr. Paulsen is being charged with Contravention of the Domestic Violence Act and can be sentenced to up to five years imprisonment if found guilty depending on the court,” Ntabazalila added.

The Daily Voice contacted the EFF for comment, but they did not respond to inquiries.

This is not the first time Paulsen has been in hot water.

In May, almost two years after Paulsen resigned from the Western Cape legislature, he finally handed over a laptop - which he was accused of stealing.

Paulsen returned electronic devices which he received as perks while an MPL, but said he deleted all data off the laptop and loaded a new operating system.

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