A triumphant Malema dares the ‘dogs’ to bring it on again

2015-08-04 14:55
EFF leader Julius Malema (News24)

EFF leader Julius Malema (News24)

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WATCH: Malema leaves court to jubilant screams

2015-08-04 13:33

Scores of EFF members screamed in support and chanted in song as Julius Malema left the High Court in Polokwane after his fraud and corruption trial had been struck off the roll.WATCH

Soon after his fraud and corruption charges were struck off the roll Julius Malema left the court building with shoulders high. He challenged the state to reinstate his charges – if they dared – and promised to emerge triumphant again. 

Malema said the state wanted to keep a dark cloud hanging over his head because his charges were politically motivated. He said the state never had a strong case against him. 

“The state has never been ready with charges against me. I was charged during [the period of] strikes in the mines after I was expelled from the ANC. The charges against me were an attempt to silence me and they did that in 2012. To date they never brought a case against me,” he said. 

In his ruling in the Northern Gauteng High Court sitting in Polokwane, Judge Billy Mothle said the matter was struck off the roll but the state could reinstate the charges “when ready” to proceed with the trial. 

He would not postpone the case again because one of the accused was sick. 

Mothle said the matter had been postponed previously because of the same co-accused, Kagisho Dichabe. 

He refused the state’s application for the matter to resume without Dichabe, saying it would prejudice Malema and his co-accused, Lesiba Gwangwa, when Dichabe returned and there was a need to go back over evidence that would have already been heard. 

He was in jovial mood at the outcome of the court, but Malema said he was aware his name could be called in court any time. 
He said he would not be surprised if something new was brought up against him. 

“There are no allegations but I know because we are dealing with dogs they are going to manufacture something new. They are free to do that … let them manufacture whatever new charges against me [but] they will never win in a neutral court of law,” he said. 

Malema was facing more than 50 charges, including racketeering and money laundering related to tenders from Limpopo from which he had allegedly benefited financially through his accomplices’ companies. 

The charges were instituted against him in September 2012 and today, almost three years later, Mothle refused to grant another postponement. 

Malema said this was because the “state has messed up its own case” in the absence of any concrete facts. 

“If you have a solid legal case, and you are not used by politicians to persecute an individual with whom they disagree, you will bring the matter before court and the process won’t take this long. 

“If it’s a political case you always run out of facts and you know that, if you appear before court with these nonexistent facts, you will embarrass yourself. So you will always run away from the courts, leaving your accused with a dark cloud,” he said.

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