Dali Mpofu, in red beret, supports Malema in court

2013-11-28 10:46

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The Economic Freedom Fighters’ new bigwig recruit, Advocate Dali Mpofu, took a break from the Marikana Commission of Inquiry hearings to support his party’s leader in the Polokwane High Court this morning.

Mpofu arrived at court, clad in a red shirt and a matching EFF beret. About 300 metres from the court over a thousand EFF supporters sang and danced while they awaited the court outcome.

He later joined other EFF leaders in a pro-Julius Malema song before they were ordered to stop singing by court orderlies.

Malema arrived in court, dressed in a suit and red tie. He walked in and proceeded to greet court staff and police officers before he took his seat, facing the presiding officer’s bench.

Malema had over a week ago made representation asking for the charges against him to be withdrawn, citing lack of evidence against him and the state’s weak case.

Prosecutions spokesperson Medupi Semasiku said Malema is facing more than 50 counts of fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering.

The charges relate to a multi-million road project which was awarded to On-Point Engineers, owned by Malema’s friend and now co-accused, Lesiba Gwangwa.

Malema is said to have financially benefited from the project, which was improperly awarded to On-Point.

He is expected to hear today whether the charges will be withdrawn but if his bid fails, he will be back in court on September 30 next year for plea and trial.

The EFF leader was expected to address party members after the court proceedings.

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