EFF to march ahead of Malema's court appearance

2014-09-30 07:51
Thulasizwe Simelane

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Polokwane - Members of the Economic Freedom Fighters will march ahead of leader Julius Malema's court appearance in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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Hundreds of EFF members are expected to march from Nirvana Hall to the SAPS parking lot.

Some Polokwane roads have been closed in anticipation of a large crowd.

EFF members held a night vigil for Malema on Monday night. A small group wearing the signature EFF beret and T-shirts were seen outside Nirvana Hall. Marshalls in reflective vests stood outside, while a police van and ambulance were also seen.


Malema faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering. It is alleged that he made nearly R4m from corrupt activities.

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

The State alleges that the five 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 Lesiba Gwangwa, one of the co-accused and 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 Malema were convicted, he would lose his seat in Parliament.

EFF outspoken about corruption

The EFF has been outspoken about corruption and has accused the ruling African National Congress of "chronic kleptomania" of public funds.

On Monday EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said the party would call for President Jacob Zuma to face corruption charges and pay back public funds spent on upgrades to his homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal.

When the party was launched in July last year, Malema said the EFF was founded on the principle of anti-corruption.

"No one found guilty of corruption... will wear the beret," he said, sporting a bright red EFF-branded beret.

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