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Malema in court for corruption

2013-06-20 13:10

Polokwane - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and his four co-accused were back in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Thursday on charges including fraud and racketeering.

Around 11:00, the legal team representing Malema and his business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa, and Makgetsi Manthata, argued against the State's request for a postponement.

Malema is accused of making nearly R4m from corrupt activities. He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering. His co-accused are out on bail of R40 000 each.

On Thursday the court was expected to transfer the matter to the high court and set a date for the trial.

Unlike at earlier appearances, there were no supporters picketing outside the court. Bystanders seemed surprised at the police presence and closed streets around the court.

The matter relates to a contract which the Limpopo roads and transport department awarded to a company with links to Malema.

The State alleges that the five misrepresented themselves to the department, leading to a R52m contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

According to court papers, Malema had business ties with Gwangwa, a director of On-Point Engineering. Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The department paid the company R43m. According to the charge sheet, Malema substantially benefited from this payment, using it to buy a multi-million rand farm and a Mercedes Benz.

Malema allegedly did this knowing that the money formed part of the proceeds of crime. All five have proclaimed their innocence.

The case continues.

Comments
  • Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-20 13:22

    Be strong my leader.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-20 13:41

      @Jean, I wasn't expecting a positive comment from you, you've just proved to us how racist your race is, keep up the stupid work.

      Chris Steytler - 2013-06-20 13:48

      Zero racism in that comment you fool.

      Gary Doyle - 2013-06-20 13:50

      Mbongeni what exactly was racist about Jean's comment?

      Jean Steyn - 2013-06-20 13:51

      You don't know me Mbongeni. You are just displaying your absolute stupidity and racial prejudice. Keep your trap shut and people may actually think you're bright ;-) You and your "leader" deserve each other.

      Wendy Nezar Schmidt - 2013-06-20 13:58

      Funny how when you have nothing to say, you shout "racism" like that will solve all the problems .. grow up !

      Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat - 2013-06-20 14:03

      Remember, when you criticize the ruling party or the EFF it seems, you are racist....

      clayton.delport - 2013-06-20 14:29

      Racist? Eish.... More like realist

  • Gary Doyle - 2013-06-20 13:22

    Maybe Juliass is not a useless, loud mouthed idiot. Perhaps like the rest of the anc he just has bad luck when it comes to thinking.

      Simon Pearce - 2013-06-20 13:53

      thinking?

      Gary Doyle - 2013-06-20 13:59

      Wanted to say brain farting but thought I'd be kind.

  • Jan Brand - 2013-06-20 13:24

    Burn in hell. There is most probably more money.

      David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-06-20 13:55

      We all are living in Hell dude or very close to it. including u. But I cant wait till the day that Malema becomes president and all White SOUTH AFRICANS are gone and this country has gone to the $hit and lets see your comments after that when u pleading for a new president because Malema has bleed the country dry and u are wishing u could have what u have now.

      Fortes Fortuna Adiuvat - 2013-06-20 14:05

      Old Mbongeni, you live in a dream. How many voters do you say will vote for this thief?

      Heidie van Dyk - 2013-06-20 14:08

      Excellent David. After Malema becomes president they would not be able to comment cause they all get screwed by their president.

  • Bennie Kruger - 2013-06-20 13:27

    The Last guy who was in court for Corruption became president - think its like a status symbol in some cultures.

      Kortbroek Du Plessis - 2013-06-20 14:22

      Verwoerd was a lot smarter than people give him credit for. There are actually people stupid and mad enough to vote for this clown!!

  • Conrad Livestrong Becorney - 2013-06-20 13:33

    Put him in Jail,juck away the keys!and Ill get a welding machine to finishup.......#sal dai hek vasweld#.......Currupt F###ck

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-20 13:42

      lol this is news24 not nuus24

      David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-06-20 13:51

      Who cares what language he wrote in I see plenty Black men and women writing in their native tongue. Why not complain laugh and comment on them as well?

  • Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-06-20 13:40

    Very good Malema. Now get your charges dropped and your advisor convicted, then become president. Don't forget to get a useless sprawling ground to develop a compound when president at state cost!

  • Sipho Mnguni - 2013-06-20 13:47

    Unlike at other appearances, there were no people picketing outside the court. Is it what they call that when days are dark, friends are few? Just thinking out loud!

  • Abram Mothothi Mamabolo - 2013-06-20 13:49

    contract which the Limpopo roads and transport department awarded to a company with links to Malema - who is responsible for that department?

  • Tumelo Lad - 2013-06-20 13:51

    Put him in jail now!!

  • Philemonmaepa Phatlane - 2013-06-20 13:59

    Gwede Mantashe and Anc are behind Julius's fall.Malema for president of SA viva

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-20 14:33

      Juju for pres indeed

      Jean Steyn - 2013-06-20 16:40

      You and Mbongeni are ANC members, so what you are saying is that you two are partly responsible for the Vaseline man's downfall. Thank you very much. This country owes you big time.

  • Heidie van Dyk - 2013-06-20 14:04

    No supporters to shout EFF of

  • Charles Ledwaba - 2013-06-20 14:06

    All the good prophets were persecuted in their home towns. Comrade Julius will prevail.

      Al Loots - 2013-06-20 14:24

      Now he's a prophet. Sjoe. Mohammed and Elijah must sure feel threatened. Will he also be taken up to heaven alive? LOL

      clayton.delport - 2013-06-20 14:37

      A prophet is some one who help all man kind not just black people, so the correct terminology I would use Is totsi

  • Mdaka Wa Mdaka - 2013-06-20 14:09

    Innocent till proven guilty. If found guilty, that is when some of you gonna justifiably say things like 'rot in jail while others would be sympathetising with him.' May the justice take its course !!!!

      James Mabote - 2013-06-20 15:46

      Mdaka, I fully agree with you. I'm not fond of Malema or Pistorius, but I would defend to the death their right to have a fair trial. Many people habitually comment on how much the justice system is failing society and how much the rule of law should prevail but appear to not have the vaguest idea what these entail.

  • proudlysa - 2013-06-20 14:18

    Please lock him away...he is causing huge problems form SA!! his hatred will breed followers full of it.

      Mbongeni Masilela - 2013-06-20 14:47

      ...problems FORM SA???

  • David Van Schalkwyk - 2013-06-20 14:19

    I always wonder if Malema has a black lady or a white lady that cleans his house. If it is a black lady then what does he pay her? Does she get the massive salary that he claims all black people should be earning or is it minimum wage like 90% off helpers earn? I think it is the latter. Which would make Malema the biggest hypocrite in the world.

  • Nan Sajini - 2013-06-20 14:35

    new party for more corruption soon SA will be like Zimbabwe

  • Kenny Ntamela - 2013-06-20 14:36

    b strong ma leader n dont worry about jail i wil give u a dj mixer to campaign for yo eff tender.

  • Jan Grimbeek - 2013-06-20 16:15

    President Jacob Zuma is orchestrating a political conspiracy against the whole of South Africa - FULL STOP !

  • Alex Inyanga Dowding - 2013-06-20 18:51

    I really hope Malema spills the beans on Zuma. He knows all of Zuma's deepest, darkest secrets.

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