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Malema: Racketeering a serious charge

2012-11-30 13:52

Polokwane - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema seemed unconcerned that racketeering charges were added to other charges against him in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane on Friday.

Speaking to supporters a street away from the court, Malema said racketeering charges were serious and threatened life imprisonment, but he "had no butterflies in his stomach" over the matter.

Earlier, the court heard that a charge of racketeering had been added to an initial charge of money-laundering.

He updated the crowd on proceedings that took place in court and thanked them for their support.

He led the crowd in song and dance shortly afterwards.

The matter against Malema and his co-accused was postponed to April 23, next year.

The crowd held a night vigil on Thursday night to show support for Malema.

Comments
  • KCorsar - 2012-11-30 13:58

    Reopen Robben Island for any offences involving fiscal fraud, then for good measure include those charged with rape and murder - that should sort a few problems we have!

      ClassWarTrotsky - 2012-11-30 14:16

      Robin Island is too small for that volume of miscreants. Madagascar maybe?

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-30 14:18

      So you think that if someone has been convicted of fraud (which physically hurts no-one), you think they should be lumped together with those that have violated or murdered another human being? The punishment should fit the crime. Utilising your logic, the next time you "forget" to pay your TV license or a traffic fine, maybe you should also be raped or murdered. Glad you're not a judge.

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-11-30 14:25

      Seemed like Robben Island functioned better as a prison than a tourist destination anyway.

      michael.i.wright - 2012-11-30 14:27

      @ClassWarTrotsky, take the optimistic view. Think of the concept of too many rats crammed in a box. Erect cctv camera's on towers and charge pay per view on tv. Many would pay money to watch the piggy juliaas trying to outrun the horde at dinner time.

      attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-30 14:33

      LOL, he probably thinks racketeering has something to do with tennis :)

      neville.watson.31 - 2012-11-30 14:43

      @Rob- Fraud destroys lives. Leads to pensioners who starve. But nobody should be raped in prison, not even rapists.

      mahwiting.joseph - 2012-11-30 15:26

      You are right K, that will start with all the culprits who stole the gov. money before 1994.... So many of them got off the hook without crus punishment.

      tert.lepa - 2012-11-30 19:32

      I really hope this fat pig dies soon.

  • mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 14:00

    Corrupt or not you have added value to our economic freedom. Exposed the plight of the poor, landless, homeless

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-11-30 14:06

      Stupid or not, you have added nothing to this debate...

      DJPotifar - 2012-11-30 14:10

      Please explain what economic freedom is. You have no idea what you are saying.

      zemole.lemole - 2012-11-30 14:20

      Mawande you have that typical I am a moron face. There a lot of you. Sure am glad that you exposed to the world what complete and utter moron you are. Your parents must be proud.

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 14:37

      Jamba I notice. Guyz we all know I'm right. The only thing OR/Mandela/Sisulu achieved is political freedom. We need economy

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-30 14:38

      the only economic freedom Fat Boy Fat takes care of is his own...

      Ritz40 - 2012-11-30 14:51

      My opinion is that you just want... What about work for it?

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-11-30 14:57

      How did he add value to anything economic? He scared off some investors and incited some violence against our own farmers. And the only plight he exposed was his own. The plight to feather his own nest and the plight to get through a full day without making a fool of himself. If you're so easily manipulated into following such a complete and utter numbskull rather follow me. I'll promise you all free holiday houses in Clifton and private planes to fly you there. And I wouldn't even prefer to kill myself than commit a suicide.

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 15:04

      I'm not a Malema follower but I urge you to face facts even when it hurts

  • henri.lombard - 2012-11-30 14:00

    I will never hear or see this word again without thinking of this joke. I was at my bank today, there was a short line. There was just one lady in front of me, an Asian lady who was trying to exchange yen for dollars. It was obvious she was a little irritated . . . She asked the teller, "Why it change? Yesterday, I get two hunat dolla fo yen. Today I only get hunat eighty? Why it change?" The teller shrugged his shoulders and said, "Fluctuations." The Asian lady says, "Fluc you white people too"

      sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-30 14:04

      Okay..

      mawandewonderman.mkuba - 2012-11-30 14:06

      Lol you must be lying

      Desilusionada - 2012-11-30 14:21

      Zoolie, Forgive them for not laughing, for they doth not know what they are doing. Never mind catching the joke.......

      kalabafazi - 2012-11-30 14:39

      I'm not sure which comment was funnier, Zoolie's or Mawande...

  • shozi - 2012-11-30 14:01

    Malema for President...(in jail)

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-11-30 14:12

    Life sentence for racketeering ? Maybe in those asian countries which still hv death penalty.

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-11-30 14:12

    Someone who still have more than 700 charges pending is your President.

      jurie.nel.3 - 2012-11-30 14:16

      Right, Jerry, remind 'em.

      mabhekana.nzuza - 2012-11-30 14:29

      Your Malema will rot in jail sooner than late, u will cry 4 a foul after that.

  • Suzanne Viljoen - 2012-11-30 14:12

    Song and dance!! La la la la la la. Yes S.A now we feel better. Eish! Hard work, hard work thees singing an danseen

  • rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-30 14:13

    He doesn't worry, judging from what history has shown, even if found guilty he won't have to face any consequences.

  • 75sibusisomhlongo - 2012-11-30 14:22

    i just wonder if he is going to blame Zuma for this as well.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-30 14:47

      He already has

  • moses.m.masilela - 2012-11-30 14:23

    So Lamola decided not to support JUJU, thumbs down. One day all this will end and JUJU will come back to lead. Mark my words.

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-30 14:39

      JubeJube is done.. You can kiss this Jelly Tsotsi goodbye he he

      alfred.neumann.142 - 2012-11-30 14:49

      Sorry mate, I think the only thing juju is ever likely to lead is a song. In prison. With his cellmate. Called Bubba. Who's gay.

  • Desilusionada - 2012-11-30 14:25

    Perhaps he is incapable of understanding what he is charged with? Maybe they will one day come for him with the jackets that have those funny looking sleeves....

  • jc.smit - 2012-11-30 14:26

    It's because he knows once you become president your slate gets wiped clean and he still believes he will be the president one day.

  • Forgotten - 2012-11-30 14:26

    Can someone please just wipe that smug smile of his face!!! It is as if he is enjoying taunting our legal system!!!

      kortbroek.duplessis - 2012-11-30 14:50

      Oh his face is gonna change after sentencing

      Karabo Mosehana - 2012-11-30 15:09

      That's coz he knows our legal system is non existent especially if you're connected. juju probably has tapes too...

  • attie.mostert.9 - 2012-11-30 14:27

    "No butteflies", that is because it doesnt exist?? - - lol - - So they taught him in school their is a saying about having butterflies, he prob missed the one where they mentioned hermaphrodites. It wouldn't surprise me if the alligations are true!!!!

  • trotse.boer.5 - 2012-11-30 14:30

    He will blame apartheid and zille. ....

  • maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-11-30 14:33

    Surely there are more worthy people to hold vigil's for? Why continue to support this fat tick?

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-11-30 14:38

    Rob lets see one day when all your retirement money disappears thanks to some fraudster like fidentia. leaving you old and grey with no house and no money and no food for retirement then we will see how you feel about fraudsters.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-11-30 15:17

      I've had everything stolen from me before, took 7 years to get back to 0. Although I will never fully forgive the person that stole form me, I harldy think him being raped or murdered would provide me with any kind of long lasting satisfaction.

  • sean.noble1 - 2012-11-30 14:39

    @kortbroek how will they get the prisoners there the 1 billion rand boat to take people there doesnt work 90% of the time.

  • brigitte.bell.33 - 2012-11-30 14:39

    And he's not concerned because he truly believes that nobody will ever force him to take responsibility for his actions! Hawu wena!

  • juanontheweb - 2012-11-30 14:42

    Malema was probably just as unconcerned when he committed these crimes.

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-11-30 14:45

    This is a known fact amongst other corruption, why is it only comming to the fore NOW!

      Erna - 2012-11-30 15:53

      Doesn't matter when, only that it does.

  • stefan.ferreira.984 - 2012-11-30 15:13

    You are playing a dangerous game mr. Malema.

  • thabo.letlhoo - 2012-11-30 16:06

    it shows that he know little.

  • dirkengelbrecht - 2012-11-30 16:16

    He knowsbits his best chance to become president. Be a criminal and go to jail and then get elected as a true representative of your people.

  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-11-30 18:04

    I think he is actually starting to tell the truth,he stated" I have no butterflies in my stomach"? true as it is full of KFC

  • daniel.f.vanwijk - 2012-11-30 20:54

    Rob, I understand exactly what you are trying to say, but please consider this. You mention "no physical harm". Do you know how many people committed suicide after the Krion saga, the Fidentia saga and various other schemes where elderly people lost all hope of surviving their old age. Consider the people in Lenasia who lost everything because of fraud. Glad our judges are more well informed than you are.

      rob.gunning.1 - 2012-12-05 09:09

      Point taken. Still, being raped or murdered is not the moral way to punish this type of crime. The criminal should be indebted to those that were stolen from and be forced to pay back everything that was taken, even if it takes a lifetime.

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