“Malema acquittal a victory for democracy and judiciary” - EFF

BY CHARL BOSCH - AUGUST 5, 2015

Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has said he is ready to face more attacks from detractors after his corruption trial was struck off the roll by the Polokwane High Court yesterday.

Malema, along with fellow accusers Kagisho Dichabe and Lesiba Gwangwa, were facing over 50 charges of fraud, racketeering and money-laundering relating to the handing over of a R52-million tender by the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department in 2012, to engineering firm, On-Point, in which the latter pair served as directors.

In passing his verdict, Judge Billy Mothle stated that the matter would no longer by postponed due to Dichabe’s illness, but added that charges would reinstated once the state is ready to proceed.

“I stand before you an innocent man without a dark cloud over my head,” Malema told journalists outside the court.

“The executive is compromised, it is no more. It is dead. The legislature in the form of Parliament is compromised, it is no more. The judiciary is the only leg of the State which keeps this country together”.

Praising Mothle’s decision, Malema said the ruling could not have been easy “especially when they [judiciary] are facing an attack from the ANC and its tripartite alliance”.

“Even when they are under attack in the manner they are being attacked they are still fearless, doing their jobs without fear or favour,” he said.

“The judges are refusing to be manipulated by the ruling party and they consider the matters before them all the time. Those who are playing a political role must be ashamed that majority of our judges continue to be sober”.

Speaking in a statement, EFF National Spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi stated the judgement has restored the party’s faith in democracy.

“We have always maintained that the charges against were politically motivated and only fabricated to discredit the economic emancipation movement,” he said.

“Everywhere the ANC politicians have entered and gained hegemony they render everything morally bankrupt. The judiciary, despite its challenges, remains legitimate and free of their corruption”.

Malema is expected to re-join party members to pose questions to President Jacob Zuma in Parliament tomorrow.