Security beefed up for Malema trial

BY TAI CHISHAKWE - SEPTEMBER 29, 2014

Police say security will be beefed up  from this evening when Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) stalwarts will be holding a night vigil on the eve of Julius Malema's court appearance on Tuesday. The vigil begins at 19h00 at the Nirvana community hall in Polokwane.

Security will also be tight when Malema appears at the Polokwane High Court.

"Members of the SAPS will be monitoring and patrolling the area in and around the court, as well as the city centre and identified areas in Seshego with the aim to ensure peace and stability," said Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi.

"No lawlessness will be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately."

The police will also be monitoring an motorcade and march into the city centre on Tuesday morning, when the trial is scheduled to begin.

"Members of the public are cautioned to take note that the streets around the Polokwane Court will be closed for traffic from 6am on Tuesday morning," Mulaudzi said.

He said only a limited number of people would be allowed into the court room, with police and private security to enforce tight control at the court.

Malema faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering, with his trial expected to be heard from Tuesday to 31 October.

It is alleged that Malema, who is out on a R10 000 bail, made nearly R4 million from corrupt activities.

On August 25, Malema said he was confident of beating the charges against him.

"I do not fear anything, because I know I've not done anything wrong," he said.

Photo caption: NEED FOR SECURITY... Security to be tight when EFF Commander-In-Chief, Julias Malema, makes a court appearance in Polokwane.