South Africa: Heavy police presence as Julius Malema goes to court

By Crystal Oderson in Cape Town
Posted on Tuesday, 30 September 2014 10:16

Firebrand Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema is facing 51 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.

Several Polokwane streets were cordoned off with police monitoring proceedings outside the High Court.

On Monday several EFF supporters held a night vigil of Malema saying they believe their commander in chief is not guilty of the charges.

EFF supporters said they believed President Jacob Zuma is persecuting Malema.

Police helicopters were also circling above the area as hundreds of EFF supporters are expected to attend the court proceedings.

Police said lawlessness would not be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately.

Malema’s co-accused are On-Point Engineering, Lesiba Gwangwa, Gwama Properties, and Kagisho Dichabe.

He is out on R10,000 bail while others were given R40,000 bail each.

The State alleges that they misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo provincial roads and transport department, leading to a R52 million contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

According to court papers, Malema had business ties with Gwangwa, a director of On-Point Engineering.

Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The trial is set to continue until October 31st.

In an interview with The Africa Report, Malema insisted he was innocent of all the charges and will be found not guilty.

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