Malema to oppose trial date

Julius Malema’s lawyers are unhappy with the way in which the state managed to secure a trial date overnight.

Julius Malema and his legal team in the Polokwane Magistrates Court on 21 June. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - After Julius Malema's defence team insisted on a high court trial date, it now appears his lawyers will oppose it.

On Thursday, the state applied for a postponement saying it could not secure a trial date but told the court on Friday morning it had found one.

The expelled ANC Youth League president and four co-accused face charges including corruption and racketeering.

The defence team first opposed the state's application for a postponement.

On Thursday, Malema testified that he wanted his day in court soon so that he could clear his name.

Now, the legal teams are unhappy with the manner in which the state has managed to secure a trial date overnight.

One lawyer says the way indictments have now been served is irregular while another says there was no consultation with him.

The magistrate says he will consider the complaints and make a ruling on how to proceed.

Earlier, state prosecutor Billy Moalosi told the court that after proceedings on Thursday he contacted the person who handles the court roll at the North Gauteng High Court.

He said despite going against established practice, they secured a court date.

On Thursday, Malema told the court his prosecution was flawed and fraught with political interference.

He accused President Jacob Zuma of being behind his prosecution.