Malema and co back in court

2013-04-23 08:50

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Traffic was backed up this morning in the Polokwane CBD, where expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is scheduled to appear with four others.

Impatient drivers hooted and flashed their lights at one another in bumper-to-bumper traffic, with many streets leading to the court closed to vehicles.

Malema would be making his second appearance on charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

He and four others will appear in the high court building as the magistrate’s court was gutted by fire last year, nearly a month after their first appearance.

Malema is accused of having made nearly R4 million from corrupt activities. He is out on R10 000 bail.

His business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa and Makgetsi Manthata, were granted bail of R40 000 each on September 25 last year.

All four proclaimed their innocence on charges including fraud, corruption and money laundering.

The state alleges the four misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo department of roads and transport, leading to a R52 million contract being awarded to one of the accused.

According to court papers, Malema had clear business ties with Gwangwa, the director of On-Point Engineering. Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The department paid the company R43 million. According to the charge sheet Malema substantially benefited from this payment, using it to buy a farm worth R3.9 million and a R382 655 Mercedes-Benz.

Malema allegedly did this well-knowing the money formed part of the proceeds of crime.

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