NPA denies deadline for decision on Julius Malema prosecution

2014-07-06 06:00

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has denied that an April deadline was ever set for a decision on Julius Malema’s prosecution.

This despite uniform media reports that the state last year undertook in court that Malema would know his fate by April.

“I don’t know where you get that from. It was never said in court. What was said was that the NDPP [national director of public prosecutions] will apply his mind and Malema will be informed,” said NPA spokesperson Nathi Mncube.

In November, Malema’s lawyer Tumi Mokwena made representations to the court, asking that the fraud, corruption, racketeering and money-laundering charges against his client be withdrawn for lack of evidence.

Mokwena said he has been communicating with the NPA over the outcome of their application. He said they have had a meeting and after explanation “we understand the delay”.

Malema told his supporters after his court appearance last year that he was challenging the NPA to “take the decision in the interest of the law”, adding that the “court must not be used to settle political scores”. He said his charges were orchestrated to settle political battles.

If Malema’s bid to have the charges dropped fails, the new parliamentarian is expected to take break from Parliament and return to Polokwane for a month within the next three months.

His case has been set down from September 30 to October 31 for plea and trial in the Polokwane High Court.

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