Quiet vigil ahead of Malema's day in court

2012-09-26 07:02

Polokwane - There were no incidents during the night vigil held ahead of Julius Malema's court appearance, police said on Wednesday.

"Nothing happened on the vigil. People behaved themselves at both venues - Seshego and Nirvana Hall," said police spokesperson Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

Police monitored both venues throughout the night, he said.

"We hope that the people would continue with the good behaviour in court this morning."

Mulaudiz said police officers were already in court before the crowds' arrival.

Malema would appear in the Polokwane District Court on money laundering charges amounting to R4m.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Wednesday that less than a thousand people had assembled for the night vigil - far fewer than organisers had expected. Earlier, there were reports of at least 2 000 people arriving.

Malema himself did not appear at the vigil, despite rumours that he was due to appear at 20:00, then at 22:00, and then at midnight.

Former ANCYL member Sindiso Magaqa told the crowd to be "ready for anything" in a rousing speech, even the "same murderers" from Marikana.

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  • ndivhuwo.mudau.182 - 2012-09-26 07:11

    Malema wil win dis batle

      Lyndatjie - 2012-09-26 07:25

      Battle? That would indicate an honourable fight with good intentions... He is nothing more than a common garden variety domestic terrorist intent on creating mayhem with dumb followers so that he can hide his personal quest for money. If he did not live like a king and actually lived within his means and suffered the same hardship as the people he professed to fight for - THEN and only THEN I might actually listen to what he has to say... But while he speaks with forked tongue and while his "loyal followers" can not see that they are being used - those with brains WILL appose him with all means necessary. Wake up!

      mark.singh.9889 - 2012-09-26 07:47

      @ndivhuwo How? His support is rapidly diminishing, 15000 were expected and only 2000 rock up. Sorry pal, you need to find a new revolutionary to follow. Malema is going to jail.

      jason.evetts.5 - 2012-09-26 08:00

      malema should be jailed. hes putting this country in the gutter.

      tim.kilpin - 2012-09-26 09:53

      What is dis ????

  • nickolse - 2012-09-26 07:13

    I find his overwhelming support extremely intimidating.... HAHA... Pr!ck!!!

  • lekkeperd.chevyss - 2012-09-26 07:13

    Dont shoot the rabit

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-26 07:19

      Pssst... Don't tell anyone, The rabbit is coming to court in in a Malema costume...

  • raymond.buis.3 - 2012-09-26 07:13

    So your fearless leader never showed . What a surprise. He was to busy sleeping in his nice king size bed with a nice big fluffy duvet. All the while his idiot supporters sat on the cold concrete. If this does not speak of this idiots views of the poor I don't know what does.

  • sj.fourie.56 - 2012-09-26 07:14

    They gona blame this on the rabbit lol

  • Teuneman - 2012-09-26 07:15

    He enjoyed his last night with a woman before going to jail and becoming Sipho the body builder's boy toy.

  • luvo.luvos - 2012-09-26 07:33

    I just can't identify with this sheep mentality of sleeping outside the courtyard and forsake the comforts of ones home all this while the guy you support sleeps comfortably in his king sized bed.

  • Kalari - 2012-09-26 07:38

    A night vigil for someone who allegedly stole money that could be used to build houses and educate children. Boggles the mind how dumb people can be.

  • Michael - 2012-09-26 07:41

    Malema does not have enough support that can threaten or influence Mangaung outcome againts JZ. Charging him now or later could not have made any difference, Malema claim to be the champion of the poor but on the other hand he is looting state resources aimed at the very poor.

      sehloho.xaba - 2012-09-26 08:14

      he is amaizing.. he claim to be the champion of the poor but steal from them.maybe we misunderstood in which way he is their champion.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-26 07:43

    its good to know that a small minority of the people in this country are fooled by this criminal. Maybe one day they too will realize just what a crook he is. Maybe when he is convicted they will understand. But maybe there will always be a crowd that are fooled, or bought?

  • mmuponisim - 2012-09-26 07:45

    what will happen to malema.

      sehloho.xaba - 2012-09-26 08:30

      big names in south africa usually walk free even though they are convicted but atleast we know who he really is.A CRIMINAL, A BIG CROOK

  • deon.flatron - 2012-09-26 08:40

    This is a legal gathering outside the court. Why are the police still allowing it? Arrest them 2

  • tim.kilpin - 2012-09-26 09:52

    Was he also there or was he tucked up in bed?

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