Trial delay ‘could jeopardise Julius Malema’s new party’

2013-06-20 16:43

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Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema fears the delay in setting a trial date for his case could jeopardise the launch of his new political party, the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court has heard.

Malema told the court today it was difficult for him to find people who could fund his party, and also to get voters.

He said this was because no one wanted to be associated with a leader who was facing a jail sentence.

“The sooner this case is finished, the better. I am in the process of forming a (political) party,” he said.

Malema blamed President Jacob Zuma for some of his troubles.

“It becomes impossible to convince people to join the party. President Zuma has done everything to make sure that I lost everything and block whoever is linked with Malema,” he told the court.

“We tried farming. They come and take away everything.”

Malema is accused of making nearly R4 million from corrupt activities.

He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

The court was expected to transfer the matter to the high court and to set a date for the trial.

Malema told the court life had not been easy for him since his expulsion from the ruling party.

“It has been very difficult. I depend on generosity. It is not donation. If I say donation, I will be in trouble with the taxman,” he said.

His co-accused are his business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa, and Makgetsi Manthata, who are out on bail of R40 000 each.

The State and the defence teams argued for and against the matter being postponed.

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