NPA ready to prosecute Malema

The NPA says it is trying to secure a court date to prosecute former ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

Julius Malema. Picture: EWN.

POLOKWANE - The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on Tuesday said it was ready to start the trial of former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema.

But the prosecuting body said it first needed to secure a court date.

In September, Malema and his co-accused Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagisho Dichabe were arrested on charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

The former political leader also faces a R16 million tax debt and had all his assets attached.

The three men are currently out on a bail on R10,000 each.

A trial date will be set and indictments will be served when Malema returns to the Polokwane Magistrate's Court at the end of June.

NPA spokesperson Medupi Simasiku said the police concluded their investigation.

"We are ready to prosecute which is why we have requested 20 June."

Simasikusaid the NPA asked the court to move the matter to the high court.

Malema left the court without speaking to the media.

A handful of people turned out to support him.