Hands off Malema - EFF supporters

2015-08-03 10:34

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Polokwane - While the National Prosecuting Authority expressed confidence in the State's case against EFF leader Julius Malema and his two co-accused on Monday, Malema's supporters called for the case to be dissolved.

"We are here to support our CIC [commander-in-chief]. The State must just drop this case," said the EFF's deputy secretary general Hlengiwe Hlophe-Maxon.

"Justice delayed is justice denied. We want to deal with this case and finish with this case. That is all," she told reporters close to the High Court in Polokwane, where Malema's trial was set to begin.

Scores of EFF members, some of whom had taken part in a night vigil for Malema, were positioned outside the police station a block away from the court.

The group was in the EFF's signature red T-shirts. Printed on the shirts was: "Hands off our CIC."

Malema and his co-accused, On-Point Engineering directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagisho Dichabe, face charges of racketeering, fraud, corruption, and money-laundering.

According to court papers, Malema allegedly had business ties with Gwangwa. Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point Engineering.

The State alleges that Malema and his co-accused misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52m contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

It was alleged that Malema used some of the money to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

All three are out on bail.

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