Malema business associates acquitted

2014-03-27 08:38
Julius Malema (File, AFP)

Julius Malema (File, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - Three of EFF leader Julius Malema's business associates have been acquitted on corruption charges in the Mokopane Regional Court, The Star reported on Thursday.

"The court dismissed the case on the basis that the evidence presented by the State could not sustain the charges," said defence lawyer Isaac Raphele, for the accused.

"Therefore there was nothing for the accused to answer to. We told their witnesses in court that they were hired guns, not professional witnesses."

The State alleged 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.

Selbie Manthata, his wife Helen Moreroa and his brother Makgetsi Manthatha were acquitted on Wednesday.

They were arrested and charged together with Malema in September 2012.

Malema, On-Point directors Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, and the Manthata family were charged with corruption, fraud, money-laundering, and racketeering. It was unclear if the charges against Dichabe and Gwangwa still existed.

It was alleged in court papers that Malema had business ties with Gwangwa, and that Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The State alleged that Malema substantially benefited from the tender payment to On-Point, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

Malema told the newspaper that in light of the acquittal of his associates, the charges against him should be dropped.


Read more on:    eff  |  julius malema  |  polokwane  |  corruption  |  politics  |  tenders
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
64 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
SPONSORED CONTENT
4 real car inventions that seem like science fiction

Vehicle design and tech have come so far so fast, that what seemed impossible has become reality. These are some of the fun and exciting innovations that have found their way into vehicle tech.

/News
 

The driverless luxury car of the future!

Watch this video of the Mercedes Benz F 015 concept car, the company’s vision of a driverless future.

 
 

Luxury living

WATCH: Private luxury island for sale!
10 of the most ridiculous celebrity purchases, that cost millions!
Karl Lagerfeld spotted with custom gold Apple Watch
The most luxurious dog house!
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may have extra responsibilities you need to deal with right now and you need to create the necessary boundaries and...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.