Malema: NPA adds 50 new charges

2012-12-02 10:00

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has added 50 new charges, including ­corruption and fraud, against former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

According to the latest indictment against Malema, a copy of which City Press has obtained, he will now face multiple charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money laundering.

This is a dramatic departure from the ­single charge of money laundering brought against him when he first appeared in court on September 26.

Malema made a brief appearance in the Polokwane Regional Court on Friday, where a charge of racketeering was introduced by the NPA.

But the latest indictment shows that the NPA will throw the book at Malema when he faces trial in April next year.

He is accused of “playing a leading role” in managing a criminal racket with On-Point Engineers directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagiso Dichabe.

The case relates to the irregular awarding of a R52 million tender to On-Point ­Engineers, partly owned by Malema’s ­Ratanang Family Trust, by the Limpopo ­department of roads and transport.

The two charges of racketeering, managing and participating in a criminal racket, are “umbrella charges” under which the subsequent 48 charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption fall.

To prove the charges of racketeering, the NPA will have to prove at least two of the offences of fraud, corruption or money laundering, as well as that the offences are linked to each other in a continuing pattern.

According to the indictment, Malema arranged a meeting with Gwangwa, an attorney and an accountant at his home in Polokwane on April 14 2010.

The NPA alleges that Malema “played a leading role” in the meeting where he informed the attorney that the shareholding should be adjusted to ensure that it was equally owned by Malema and Gwangwa’s family trusts.

Other shareholders were bought out.

At the time, Malema was the sole trustee of the trust.

Malema, responding to the new charges against him, said they were “politically ­concocted”.

- City Press

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