Malema: 4 get bail

2012-09-25 15:35

Johannesburg - Four business associates of former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema have been released on bail of R40 000 each in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

On-Point Engineers CEO Lesiba Gwangwa, Kagisho Dichabe, Makgetsi Manthata and Helen Moreroa all said in their bail application statements that they “maintained their innocence and intended to plead not guilty”.

The state did not oppose bail for the four.

Sapa reported that Dichabe offered to pay bail of R40 000. In an affidavit read out by his lawyer in the court, Dichabe stated he had four minor children and asked to be released on bail.

He said he was able to pay R40 000 bail.

In the affidavit he said he was innocent of fraud charges against him, adding he was not prone to violence or dangerous.

Gwangwa also asked to be released on bail.

Gwangwa faces charges of tender fraud and appeared alongside Manthatha and Moreroa.

The State alleges the four misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo department of roads and transport, and a R52m contract was awarded to one of the accused.

The court heard that the fraud charges also related to designs owned by the department.

City Press reported that the company allegedly made payments totalling more than R1m into Julius Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust.

Malema is expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

» Follow @City_Press for updates from court on Wednesday.

  • george.pistorius - 2012-09-25 15:43

    Where is JUJU??

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-25 16:08

      He will have his day in court tomorrow, probably with some cash on hand.

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-25 16:22

      On the toilet. He is suffering from nerve diarhoa.

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 15:46

    Will Malema drag a couple of the big dogs with him when the time comes?

      john.kirkwood.9619 - 2012-09-25 16:08

      i wonder because i think he has plenty dirt on a few of them.

      attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-25 16:09

      he won't as he will receive a few more millions to keep quite

  • nrgx.nrg - 2012-09-25 15:47

    headline should read: (for)get bail!

      jacques.smit - 2012-09-25 16:00

      think thats what news24 was word playing on..

  • rusty.tucker.9 - 2012-09-25 15:51

    This is the beginning of the end Fat Boy

      lorraine.polson1 - 2012-09-25 16:41

      One lives in hope

  • Tshepo Kgohloane - 2012-09-25 15:59

    yes they deserve bail,like everyone one else.

      attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-25 16:11

      for stealing money that could have gone to the poor and education in limpopo


      alan.gernet - 2012-09-25 16:05

      WTF? Seems like you should be Flushed Away

  • luke.dekoker - 2012-09-25 16:03

    I just hope that one, two or three of these four will spill the "beans" so that Botox-Factory gets what should be coming to him??

  • thulani.ndlovu.3572 - 2012-09-25 16:06

    interesting times indeeed...

  • attie.gerber.1 - 2012-09-25 16:12

    the premier and other corrupt officials should also have been their to face the music

  • wouldntit.benice.1 - 2012-09-25 16:12

    For what they stole and keep stealing the bail is compared to paying R4 for bail.

  • chris.mafunisa - 2012-09-25 16:21

    I thout he was Arrestd and the judge Said \Forget bail\ kanti its 4 spangebobs got Bails...

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-09-25 16:25

    Trust me, they are going to make this into a film. BANANA MAFIA 1

  • sefako.mokgalaka - 2012-09-25 16:25

    what I know is that the number of busynests that deposited kickbacks in the trust account are more than 4. we can expect to see more being pursued.

  • Greypatriot - 2012-09-25 16:27

    It is all a scam. Nobody will serve time. There were too many laws broken and too many crimes committed for which we don't have laws yet. That is why the prez had to make a speech about the rule of law. We are constructing a new set of laws - the post-apartheid lawyers will find ways to get pardons.

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-25 16:28

    Theres no hard evidence against the accused ..the allegations made against them are unfounded and not enough to secure prosecution. so far theres no proof of foul judging from the adduced evidence ...the prospects of the NPA ever nailing these people is Zilch ...and my left nut tells me this is going to be one of those lengthy cases until whoever is leading the NPA attack decides to accept millions in bribery to intentionally loose the case. This is South Africa ...if you are rich or in government are above the law and may piss on the poor without fear of any sanction. lets hope for the anyway folks

  • colin.spear - 2012-09-25 16:40

    Hang on....4? Why not 5? Why is Malema being treated differently to his co-accused?

      teboho.martin.3 - 2012-09-25 16:51

      Like I said !malema he might not educated but is not stupid like our head of the state!this case they are busy investigating malema with ,our public protector has found nothing!so who is gonna bring him down ,hawks ,saps Lol I doubt it! This case is a waste of tax payers money and it will hold no water against JuJu man!VIVA MALEMA. And this is a political plott to get rid of him and they gonna fail!because they are failers

      sarah.bouttell - 2012-09-25 17:19

      I have heard that it is because the other 4 are assisting \\ co-operating with the investigation, and also, JM's charges are different because of the trust account issue. Bail on the other 4 was not opposed, because they are being so co-operative. I think juju might have a problem with people who USED to be friends, I don't doubt that they have some rather useful information.

  • manelisi.bunyula - 2012-09-25 16:54

    How does the case of jm and case jz\\shaike differ to happening to malema now

  • alan.muir.18 - 2012-09-25 17:41

    Hell, if you going to arrest M then you might as well arrest the whole goverment and a lot of company directors. Is there any honest people left?

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-09-25 17:44

    Viva Malema viva for our future President,he has done nothing wrong

      sedeshan - 2012-09-25 18:38

      He has also never done anything right.

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-25 17:52


  • mpho.j.makuwa - 2012-09-25 17:52

    There is no way that Malema can go down, if he does he is not gonna sink alone... One of the ANC leaders will also be involved

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-25 18:06

    I'm a Ci0 operative in Zimbabwe and i'm really, really fascinated with how this whole issue is being played out. There appears to be a serious lack of concrete or decisive action from up above (Zuma). Everybody is running scared of Malema. They keep going back and forth about an arrest warrant and yet no action has been taken on the man. Are they still printing it? They tell us an arrest warrant exists and then they deny it's existence. Just what is going on? It's as if they're trying to test the public's (Malema's supporters) reaction on this saga. They (Zuma in particular) badly want to silence Malema but they simply haven't got the balls to do it OR do not know what to do. This clearly illustrates just how powerful Malema is. I cannot understand why and how Zuma has failed to deal with Malema. It's puzzling because Zuma IS the most POWERFUL MAN in Southern Africa. He's the president for f**ks sake, but acts and reasons like a powerless village councillor. HE IS SCARED STIFF OF MALEMA.. JZ is so disorganized and lacks the required intelligence and wisdom to deal with politics. He's just a South African version of Morgan Tsvangirai.. I'll let you in on a little secret..but don't tell anyone.. Malema might be receiving advice on how to deal with JZ from Zimbabwe's very own Ci0.. He was in Zimbabwe earlier this yr, and was recently invited to London to address a business conference, by Zimbabwean \businessmen\. All his last three or four trips out of SA were funded by Zim's Ci0.

      sedeshan - 2012-09-25 18:42

      Zuma's fear of Malema is based on Malema's knowledge of Zuma's (and various other fatcats) corrupt deals/ tax theft. If he Malema goes down he must take a few people with him. Interesting info about Fatboy and his trips to Zimbabwe by the way...

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-25 18:07

    BUY MORE POPCORN THE MOVIE IS ON,next week ANC 1OOm race opens.

  • rofhiwa.ronald.1 - 2012-09-25 20:02


  • BraTambo - 2012-09-25 20:43

    I would suggest Malema do not apply for bail, because he brought his mafia styled mates great harm with a real possibility that his co-accused are going to see to it that he is killed for the harm he caused. They were all flying under the radar and got away with plenty over a long time, but that not sharpest of pencils Malema got them all in real trouble now and possible long jail time through his big mouth and arrogance to exalt him-self he got their system exposed and ruined for them to lose everything with no more tenders and no more money. He should be scared for costing them fortunes lost. Not excusable by gangsters if you cause big damage or loss of money,you must die.

  • mshiniboys - 2012-09-26 03:52

    I reserve my comment.

  • richard.mpholwane - 2012-09-26 12:31

    they should arrest Malema before he cause a scene in Mangaung.he is a disgrace and a threat to our investors.

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