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Julius nonchalant about Afriforum’s plans to prosecute him

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Afriforum plans to privately prosecute the EFF leader for fraud and corruption.

Julius Malema. Picture: EPA

Johannesburg – “Bring it on bloody racists, you don’t scare me at all. I’m born ready! No white man will decide my destiny, the poor masses of our people will…”

This was how EFF leader Julius Malema responded to the announcement by advocate Gerrie Nel that AfriForum plans to privately prosecute him for fraud and corruption charges that relate to the On Point Engineering case.

Malema tweeted his response shortly after Nel and AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel media briefing on Wednesday morning.

In 2012 former public protector Thuli Madonsela found that Malema had “improperly benefited” from a R52-million tender awarded by the Limpopo Roads department to On-Point Engineering.

In 2015 the case against Malema and Lesiba Gwangwa, his co-accused and former business partner, was struck off the roll because the accused was sick, according to Nel.

Nel said on Wednesday that there are questions relating to why the case against Malema and Gwangwa was never reinstated.

Nel said there has been evidence to prove that accused has recovered from the illness, but the case remains closed. 

When the NPA was questioned on the matter, it said the matter had been transferred to the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit (PLCU).

“The PCLU says it is reconsidering reinstating the charges,” he said.

“The prosecutor at the time said the matter was ready to go to trial, and we questioned why the case was moved away from the prosecutor at the SCCU (NPA) and to the PCLU.”

Nel said their goal is for fair prosecution and they are not interested in scoring political points. 

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