Juju fans bussed in for vigil

2012-09-25 00:00

THOUSANDS of supporters of Julius Malema will hold a night vigil for him tonight as he prepares to face court on fraud charges in Polokwane tomorrow.

The event recalls vigils held in ­Pietermaritzburg when President Jacob Zuma was facing fraud charges here.

Large crowds attended those events, which shut down the centre of the city.

Malema’s lawyer, Nicqui Galaktiou, had by last night still not heard exactly what charges he will face.

The ANC Youth League in Limpopo met at the party’s headquarters in Polokwane, Frans Mohalala House, on Sunday to discuss the court appearance.

Spokesperson Klaas Mabunda said buses had been hired to bring supporters from all over South Africa. Mabunda said Malema’s rights to conduct business were being approached incorrectly.

“People are treating it as if he was a state official, or a space alien.”

He said it was suspicious that Malema had been summoned to court soon after he had involved himself in the Marikana strike.

Limpopo police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said they were prepared to handle the crowds.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance will ask that Parliament investigates allegations that the University of Limpopo is indirectly financing Malema by awarding tenders to his connections.

DA MP Dr Annelie Lotriet said yesterday she would ask Motswane Malale (ANC), chairperson of the portfolio committee on higher education, to summon the council, rector and other roleplayers at the university to explain the situation.

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