Media allowed in court during Malema corruption hearing

Local and international media were not allowed access to the high court in where Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and four others? were due to appear on Monday, Limpopo police said.

But soon after speaking to the court's manager, journalists were allowed into the room.

Lieutenant Colonel Ronel Otto told reporters she received a message from the judge's office that media would not be allowed into the courtroom where Malema is appearing for allegedly making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities.

Malema is accused of making nearly R4-million from corrupt activities. He is out on bail of R10 000 and faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering and racketeering.

His co-accused are his business associates Kagisho Dichabe, Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa and Makgetsi Manthata. They are out on bail of R40 000 each.

The state alleges Malema and the others misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52-million ?contract being awarded to On-Point Engineering.

According to court papers, Malema had business ties with Gwangwa, a director of On-Point Engineering. Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.

The department paid the company R43-million. According to the charge sheet, Malema substantially benefited from this payment, using it to buy a farm and a Mercedes-Benz.

Security at court
Security is expected to be tight at the court, Limpopo police said on Sunday.

Police would monitor and patrol the area in and around the court, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said.

The city centre and Malema's hometown of Seshego would also be monitored.

"The aim is to ensure peace and stability. No lawlessness will be tolerated and those who break the law will be arrested immediately," said Mulaudzi at the time.

The trial is expected to run until November 29.

A night vigil was held by Malema's supporters at Cosmo Leisure Lodge and Conference Centre in Polokwane on Sunday.

Mulaudzi said police would also monitor the vigil.

On Monday, streets around the high court would be closed to traffic.

A supporters' march was scheduled to take place on Monday from Oost Street down Bodenstein Street to the court. – Sapa

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