Malema case off to late start, state accused of ‘time-wasting tactics’

2013-06-21 10:06

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Julius Malema’s fraud and racketeering case got off to a late start in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court this morning.

There was a technical problem that affected the recording system.

The matter was supposed to start at 8am and was delayed for more than an hour as the proceedings had to be moved to another courtroom.

The case has since been adjourned for 30 minutes in order for the prosecution to confirm a trial date at the North Gauteng High Court.

Emotions were running high as Tumi Mokoena, Julius Malema’s lawyer, objected to prosecutor Billy Moalosi’s “time-wasting tactics”. Moalosi started the day by giving a background of the process that should be followed in order to secure a high court date. Mokoena objected, saying: “When we adjourned yesterday, the court made it clear what was to happen this morning. Each party was allocated one hour to present its arguments on the issue at hand.

I’m not interested in the history of how the high court works.”

Mokoena also said that he had received a call from Moalosi today, who told him that he would be able to secure a high court date this morning.

“The state is wasting time. If this matter needs to proceed tonight and on Monday the state must be willing to be here.”

He encouraged the state to decide if they would continue with arguments or announce that they had secured a date and proceed from there.

Moalosi gave in, and requested a 30-minute adjournment to receive “administrative documents” from Pretoria with a court date.

Earlier in the morning, Malema arrived with a few close friends and family members, including the controversial Jossie Buthane.

His childhood friend and former ANC Youth League secretary in Limpopo, Jacob Lebogo, arrived on his own.

During the recess, Malema, who is wearing a navy blue suit, white shirt and red tie, was seen striking up conversation with Lebogo, his cousin Tshepo Malema and a few friends.

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