EFF plans celebration

2013-11-27 14:26

“Limited resources” will not prevent the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) from celebrating if charges are dropped tomorrow against party leader Julius Malema.

“If charges are withdrawn we’re going to celebrate. We may have limited resources but we’ll have to celebrate,” said EFF Limpopo convenor Michael Mathebe.

He said a night vigil similar to the one on the eve of Malema’s court appearance last week was planned for tonight at Jack Botes Hall in Polokwane.

“We were expecting 1 000 people last week and we had around 4 000. We’re still expecting 1 000 this time but the turnout may be something else,” Mathebe said.

Malema is expected back in court tomorrow to hear the outcome of his recent bid to get the court to discontinue his prosecution. He had two weeks ago made new representation to the prosecution according to which evidence that could secure conviction was lacking.

Malema is facing a range of charges related to a R52 million roads project awarded to On-Point Engineers, which is owned by Malema’s friend and now co-accused, Lesiba Gwangwa.

But the EFF leader has pleaded his innocence and accused his political enemies of using the courts to settle political scores and “silence” him in his quest to lead the government through his newly formed party.

Malema last week told his supporters that he would never steal from the poor.


The prosecution, however, believed it had a case against Malema, whom they said had bought a farm and a vehicle with money from the multimillion-rand project.

Meanwhile, EFF members were expected to start arriving in Polokwane today ahead of Malema’s court appearance, which is expected to be brief.

Police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the streets around the court would be closed for traffic from as early as tonight.

He said EFF supporters were expected to gather at the same place in a parking lot next to Polokwane police station.

Malema was expected to address his supporters after his court appearance tomorrow. He had last week taken the opportunity to criticise the ANC government and its leaders following his appearance.



If the charges are not withdrawn, Malema will join his co-accused when their case returns to the Polokwane High Court from September 30 2014 to October 31 2014 for plea and trial.

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