Malema benefitted from corrupt deals - state

The state will argue corrupt tender deals funded Julius Malema’s lavish lifestyle.

Julius Malema speaks at Gibs. Picture: SAPA

POLOKWANE - The state on Tuesday said it will argue that expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema was using money generated by corrupt deals to buy a farm in Limpopo.

Earlier in the day, four of the controversial politician's business associates were released on R40,000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court.

On-Point Engineering director Lesiba Gwangwa, Helen Moreroa, Makgetsi Manthatha and Kagiso Dichabe attended Tuesday's court proceedings.

Malema is expected to appear in the same court on Wednesday, on charges of money laundering, fraud and corruption.

Prosecutors are expected to argue that the proceeds of fraud and corruption funded Malema's lavish lifestyle.

His Ratanang Family Trust has shares in On-Point, which made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

After a R52 million tender was issued, Gwangwa and three associates sat on bid evaluation committees and dished out tenders for kickbacks, the charge sheet read.

Soon after receiving a tender worth R6 million, the company paid R1 million into the Ratanang trust.

It is alleged Malema was using the money to buy a farm worth nearly R4 million.

Between January 2009 to December 2011, more than R2 million was paid into the trust.

NIGHT VIGIL

Dozens of people have started to gather outside the Nirvana Hall in Polokwane, where a night vigil will be held in support of Malema.

The Friends of the Youth League (FYL) is hosting the event ahead of the Malema's court appearance on Wednesday.

The lobby group announced that a campaign for ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to lead the party will be made official on Tuesday.

A small group of school children danced outside the hall in anticipation of the vigil.

According to a young learner outside the hall, she was instructed not to speak to the media and would not say who brought the pupils to the area.

Meanwhile, the situation remains calm outside the Malema's grandmother's house in Polokwane.

An anti-Malema group is believed to be considering protest action at Tuesday's vigil, but many are wary of recent police crackdowns on illegal gatherings.

The usual meeting place of Malema's supporters in Seshego was quiet on Tuesday evening.