Malema case struck off the roll

Malema case struck off the roll

The Polokwane High Court has struck the fraud and corruption case against EFF leader Julius Malema and four co-accused off the roll.


Judge George Mothle says the accused who also faced charges of racketeering and money-laundering have already endured too many postponements in the matter with the latest being the non-availability of Kagisho Dichabe apparently due to ill-health.

Prosecutor Andrew Laka said earlier they believe it is in the interest of justice for the trial to continue.  

Advocate Mike Hellens for Malema told the court the solution is to apply for separation of trial.

''We would like to proceed with the matter. A separation of trials will have a start in this trial within half an hour of your lordship's judgement and we would rather complete this trial.

''No one is avoiding this trial. My client wishes to have his day in court and he is confident of an acquittal,'' he said.

Judge Mothle had this to say.

The state had wanted the trial to proceed while Mike Hellens for Malema argued there should be a separation of trials.

Dichabe's legal representative earlier told the court he was instructed to apply for a postponement. 

Meanwhile Malema has maintained his innocence outside the court following the decision.

Yesterday proceedings were postponed because Dichabe is said to have fallen ill. 

(File photo: Gallo Images)


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