Malema wants charges dropped

By Drum Digital
28 November 2013

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema will make representations to a judge on Thursday in an attempt to have charges against him dropped.

The expelled ANC Youth League president faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

It is alleged that he made nearly R4 million from corrupt activities.

Malema is out R10,000 bail. His four co-accused, who are his business associates are out on bail of R40,000 each.

The State alleges that they misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52m 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 department paid the company R43m. According to the charge sheet, Malema substantially benefited from this payment, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

If the charges are not dropped, Malema's trial will be heard from September 30 to October 31 next year.

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