EFF activity brewing outside Polokwane High Court

2015-08-03 09:52
EFF leader Julius Malema with a young supporter. Picture: Theana Breugem

EFF leader Julius Malema with a young supporter. Picture: Theana Breugem

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Polokwane- Supporters of Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema positioned themselves close to the High Court in Polokwane ahead of his trial on Monday. 

The group stood outside the local police station which is a block from the court and was not expected to get any closer to the court as the road had been blocked off. 

Dressed in their signature red t-shirts, the group sang and blew on the vuvuzelas amid a strong police presence. 

"Hands off our CIC," was printed on their t-shirts. 

Some EFF members had held a night-vigil on Sunday night as their leader was set to appear in court on 54 charges of corruption, fraud, racketeering and money-laundering. 

Malema and his co-accused, On-Point Engineering directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagisho Dichabe, are all out on bail.

It was alleged that Malema had business ties with Gwangwa. Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point Engineering.

The State alleges that Malema and his co-accused misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52m contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

It was alleged that Malema used some of the money to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

Meanwhile, police maintained a strong presence outside the court. 

They took their positions on both sides of the road which led to the court.

The road had been blocked to traffic since Sunday night. 

Barbed wire was spread across the street in front of the court and five police vehicles and a nyala were parked several metres away.

At the entrance of the court, a handful of security guards were monitoring the activity.

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