Technical problem causes Malema case delay

2013-06-21 10:27
Julius Malema (File, AP)

Julius Malema (File, AP)

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Polokwane - The resumption of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's corruption case was delayed in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Friday morning due to a technical problem.

Proceedings could not begin on time because there was a problem with the power supply to the machine that records the court proceedings.

Around 08:30 it was decided that the case be moved to another courtroom.

Malema is accused of making nearly R4m from corrupt activities.

He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

Dozens of police cars

His co-accused are his business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa, and Makgetsi Manthata, who are out on bail of R40 000 each.

Malema arrived at the court on Friday morning, where Magistrate Mohamed Shaik is expected to hear further argument as to whether the case should be postponed or not.

Dozens of police cars were stationed outside the court.

The defence is applying for an early trial date and is expected to argue about the State's failure to provide a date for the matter to be heard in the high court.

On Thursday, the State argued that there was no court order in place demanding a high court date.

The State and the defence teams argued for and against the matter being postponed on Thursday, when the court had been expected to transfer the case to the high court and set a trial date.

Dept paid R43m

The State alleges Malema and the others 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 Gwangwa, 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.

Malema allegedly did this knowing the money formed part of the proceeds of crime.

All five have proclaimed their innocence.
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