Small group for Malema Polokwane court vigil

FILE PICTURE: EFF leader Julius Malema looks on ahead of his keynote address at the party's 1st anniversary celebration in Thokoza Park in Soweto, 26 July 2014. Picture: Refilwe Modise

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 Economic Freedom Fighters 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 amubulance arrived on the scene around 7pm.

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

Supporters from the night vigil that started at 6pm 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 September 30 to October 31.

It is alleged that he made nearly R4 million 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.

– Sapa

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