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One charge is nothing, say jubilant relatives

By Frank Maponya | Sep 27, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 13 ]

RELATIVES of Julius Malema danced with joy inside the Polokwane Regional Court room yesterday on hearing that the expelled ANC Youth League leader would only face one charge - money laundering.

Malema appeared with co-accused, businessman Selby Manthata, who faces charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Malema and Manthata had earlier turned handed themselves in to the police in Polokwane before their court appearance.

Nurse Malema, who is the elder sister of Malema's late mother Mahlodi, was surrounded by other relatives and they all could not hide their excitement on hearing that he faced only one charge.

She vowed that the family would stand by Malema to the end.

"We had spent sleepless nights thinking there would be serious charges against him. One charge is nothing. It goes to prove the state has no case against Julius," she said.

When Malema and Manthata entered the dock, the crowd sang: Inzima lendlela, sizo zabalaza - which loosely translated means "even if the road is bumpy, we will soldier on".

Among those who came to support Malema was the league's acting leader, Ronald Lamola, league NEC member and former deputy president Andile Lungisa, suspended league secretary Sindiso Magaqa and Limpopo ANC provincial secretary SovietLekganyane.

Prosecutor Billy Moalosi said Malema was accused of receiving the proceeds of "unlawful" activities, which was classified as a Schedule 1 offence.

Manthata faces a Schedule 5 offence - which is fraud, corruption and money laundering. These carry a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison.

Both Malema, 30, and Manthata, 37, have pleaded not guilty to the charges. Malema and Manthata are out on R10000 and R40000 bail respectively.

Manthata is also alleged to have been a signatory of a Malema bank account and that he had bribed him.

Their case was postponed to November 30. They will appear with Lesiba Gwangwa, Kagisho Dichabe, Makgetse Manthata and Helen Moreroa, who were each granted R40 000 bail on Tuesday.

Malema's lawyer, Andre Bezuidenhout, said his client had not been given a charge sheet.

He demanded the charge sheet before Malema's next court appearance.

Magistrate Janine Ungerer ordered Malema and Manthata to inform the investigating officer when they travelled overseas. -


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All I can say is we will see who is illeterate!!!!

Sep 27, 2012 9:10 | 0 replies

That should carry a 5 year sentence (hard labour) then

Sep 27, 2012 3:29 | 0 replies

kwa mele a boshwe lo mfana, kwaaaaak was killed by this dude yesterday on news, saying Zuma is the illiterate pres, wonder what is he ena.

Sep 27, 2012 1:45 | 0 replies

god help malima to survive this chargis cause without the anc there is no where to go for him he will not have any power to do corruption or to get a job and it will be difficult for him to maintain the standard of living hes living now while he is unemployed

Sep 27, 2012 1:38 | 0 replies

Good day people

Zuma had a business deals with shabir shaik,and shabir was sentenced and the charges against Zuma was dropped...after Zuma becomes a president shabir shaik was released on the bases that he is suffering from a terminal illness but the the guy is alive and kicking.

So today the Zuma camp are using the very same tactics that Malema fought against for Zuma....Jackson Mthembu and Gwede Mantashe have hopes that after Zuma's second term they'll take over.

Sep 27, 2012 12:41 | 0 replies

Juju is _NOT_ going to jail. He will be back in the ANC and he will be president of the ANC. He once said, they should (media) put it in their archives that he will rule the ANC. Indeed he will.

I'm still skeptical about his land ideas and nationalization of mines. The outcome could be very devastating for the country.

Sep 27, 2012 11:11 | 0 replies

all people are not stupit like you gays ,go and vote madam tsek

Sep 27, 2012 9:51 | 0 replies

I fail to understand why the ANC keep responding every time Malema speaks.
It is stooping to his level. The is no difference anyway, all factory faults.

Sep 27, 2012 9:22 | 0 replies

I fail to understand why the ANC keep responding every time Malema speaks.

Sep 27, 2012 9:20 | 0 replies

Umfo ka Malema udliwa yidimoni lokuxoxa elimenza ukuba angakwazi ukuthula. At the moment, he is proving all those that are against him that he is an imbecile beyond measure. He needs to pull himself towards himself (asibambe). After all, silence is golden.

Sep 27, 2012 9:20 | 0 replies

Can you imagine Julius Malema becoming president of the country? Oh, dear God, may that day never dawn in our lifetime, or that of our children,” Mthembu said in an interview with television channel eNCA on Wednesday.

Sep 27, 2012 9:19 | 0 replies