Cops beef up presence for Malema case

2013-04-22 19:02
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Polokwane - Police will be deployed in Polokwane for Julius Malema's next court appearance on Tuesday, Limpopo police said.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi on Monday said police would be stationed at Landdros Mare and Thabo Mbeki streets near the High Court.

"We are deploying sufficient police, but we don’t foresee any threat," Mulaudzi said.

The former ANC Youth League leader is scheduled to make his second appearance on charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

He and four others will make their appearance 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 R4m 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 25 September 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 R52m contract being awarded to one of the accused.

According to court papers, Malema had clear business ties with Gwangwa, the director of On-Point Engineers. 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 worth R3.9m and a R382 655 Mercedes-Benz.

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

Mulaudzi said police were not expecting any marches or protests on Tuesday, as no formal notice to hold one had been submitted.

Read more on:    julius malema  |  polokwane  |  limpopo tender trial

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