Limpopo ANC supports Malema in court

2012-09-26 09:07

The ANC in Limpopo has come out in support of the embattled Julius Malema in court this morning, with some leaders attending his first appearance.

The ANC provincial executive committee met at a special meeting last night where they rejected the charge against Malema.

They viewed the charge as an infringement of Malema’s freedoms and civil liberties.

In a statement the PEC said: “These allegations also bear indirect implications against sections of the ANC-led provincial government of Limpopo. This factor and the point that this ‘case’ is also viewed as a test-case are some of the elements that drew the attention of the provincial ANC leadership to the matter”.

They said the state’s actions against the Malema were “not backed by a genuine case to fight against corruption and fraud”.

“As has been broadly alleged but rather by a repressive political intent to erode hard-won rights of citizens to gather, express themselves, associate with other persons or groupings, affiliate to organisations of their own choosing; generally the right to freedom of association, speech and so on,” said the Limpopo ANC’s Makondelele Mathivha.

Inside court Malema was supported by his former deputy, Andile Lungisa; ANC Peter Mokaba regional chairperson Lawrence Mapoulo; former SABC board member and provincial PEC member Clifford Motsepe.

Others included suspended ANCYL secretary-general Sindiso Magaqa and ANCYL Limpopo regional leader Jacob Lebogo.

Conspicuous by absence was the Limpopo premier and Malema’s close ally, Cassel Mathale who has kept his public appearances with Malema low key since the youth league firebrand was expelled from the party.

They crammed the tiny Polokwane Magistrates’ Court J where a scuffle broke out between the police and reporters who were earlier barred from entering the packed courtroom.

The PEC believed the crimes levelled against Malema were not committed by Malema but other people and that the State was abusing its power to deal with Malema and his backers.

Across the road from court a parking lot was cordoned off with barbed wire by police who kept a close watch on the hundreds of Malema supporters who had converged on the court to support their “economic freedom fighter”.

The ANC in Limpopo urged the mother body at Luthuli House to observe the “bruising, tough and revolutionary political struggle against oppressive forces” and not to use apartheid tactics to deal with Malema.

“The PEC therefore implores the State and government to honour its principles by upholding and respecting citizens’ rights to a fair trial as comrade Julius Malema embarks on this judicial process, facing the allegations levelled against him,” said the PEC.

» Also at court were, among others, Friends of the Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, ANCYL deputy president Ronald Lamola, ANCYL NEC member Magdalene Moonsamy and Mopani municipal mayor and Malema friend Joshua Matlou.

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