Malema: 4 get bail

2012-09-25 15:35
Security was tight outside the Polokwane Magistrate's Court in Limpopo where four business associates of former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema were set to appear. Picture: Denvor de Wee/City Press

Security was tight outside the Polokwane Magistrate's Court in Limpopo where four business associates of former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema were set to appear. Picture: Denvor de Wee/City Press

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Johannesburg - Four business associates of former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema have been released on bail of R40 000 each in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

On-Point Engineers CEO Lesiba Gwangwa, Kagisho Dichabe, Makgetsi Manthata and Helen Moreroa all said in their bail application statements that they “maintained their innocence and intended to plead not guilty”.

The state did not oppose bail for the four.

Sapa reported that Dichabe offered to pay bail of R40 000. In an affidavit read out by his lawyer in the court, Dichabe stated he had four minor children and asked to be released on bail.

He said he was able to pay R40 000 bail.

In the affidavit he said he was innocent of fraud charges against him, adding he was not prone to violence or dangerous.

Gwangwa also asked to be released on bail.

Gwangwa faces charges of tender fraud and appeared alongside Manthatha and Moreroa.

The State alleges the four misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo department of roads and transport, and a R52m contract was awarded to one of the accused.

The court heard that the fraud charges also related to designs owned by the department.

City Press reported that the company allegedly made payments totalling more than R1m into Julius Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust.

Malema is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

» Follow @City_Press for updates from court on Wednesday.
Read more on:    on-point engineers  |  julius malema  |  lesiba gwangwa  |  polokwane  |  tenders  |  limpopo tender trial  |  corruption
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