Malema is ‘ready to face Zuma’s dogs’ in court

2015-08-03 09:51
EFF leader Julius Malema

EFF leader Julius Malema

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The state says it is ready to go today as the trial against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema gets under way.

Malema is facing charges of fraud, corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

The Polokwane High Court will today hear the case of Julius Malema in what has been an ongoing back and forth saga between the two parties.

“We’re going to lead evidence in open court. The indictment contains four charges, of money laundering fraud corruption and racketeering. In total ... 54 counts. Two for racketeering ... the rest is split into broad corruption and money laundering,” National Prosecuting Authority spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku told journalists, who have been outside the court since the early hours of this morning.

A large police contingency and a barbed wire fence were just some of the security measures in place for the high-profile case.

“When ever we make a decision to prosecute we look at the facts at our disposal and analyse the evidence. Once we decide to enrol our prospects of a successful prosecution are highly reasonable. That is our stance,” he added.

Last night hundreds of Malema supporters gathered at the Jack Botes hall in Polokwane for a night vigil. The message on their part was very clear: “Hands off our commander in chief.”

The vigil was festive, as live entertainment took to the stage and cooler boxes were brought out of cars and buses.

The supporters are now en route to a parking lot close to the court, where Malema is expected to address them after today’s court proceedings.

Malema did not make an appearance last night but the top brass of the party was out in full force. Deputy president Floyd Shivambu and secretary-general Godrich Gardee both addressed the supporters.

Malema tweeted yesterday that: “It’s all systems go tomorrow; ready to prove my innocence since I’m guilty in the eyes of my enemies. I’ve an appointment with [Jacob] Zuma’s dogs.”

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