Small turnout for Malema vigil

2014-09-29 19:35
(Picture: AFP)

(Picture: AFP)

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Polokwane - A small group of EFF supporters stood outside the Nirvana Hall in Polokwane on Monday where a night vigil for party leader Julius Malema is expected to be held.

The group wearing the EFF signature beret and T-shirts stood chatting in the street.

About five marshals in reflective vests stood on the side of the road. A police van patrolled the area and an ambulance arrived on the scene around 19:00.

Malema's trial in the Limpopo High Court in Polokwane is expected to start on Tuesday morning.

Supporters from the night vigil that started at 18:00 will march to the court in the morning.

Roads around the court will be closed on Tuesday.

Malema faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering.

His trial will be heard from 30 September to 31 October next year.

It is alleged that he made nearly R4m from corrupt activities.

He is out on R10 000 bail. His four co-accused, who are his business associates, are out on bail of R40 000 each.

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

According to court papers, Malema had business ties with Lesiba Gwangwa, one of the co-accused and 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 farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

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