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Malema asks to be tried separately

The EFF leader claims the delay in his case is all part of a conspiracy against him.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema addresses a crowd of supporters outside the Polokwane High Court on 30 September 2014. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has asked the High Court in Polokwane to be tried separately from his co-accused in the corruption and fraud trial centred on a tender worth more than R50 million.

Malema's case has been postponed to 3 August 2015 and will run until 10 September 2015, due to the unavailability of lawyers for his co-accused.

The trio is suspected of benefitting irregularly from the government tender in 2009.

This involves a company that is partly owned by Malema's Ratanang Family Trust which received a R52 million contract from the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport in 2009.

They are facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.

Malema said his lawyer requested that his trial date be brought forward but was told the court roll is full.

"I tried to plead with them that I should be separated from the other accused and be tried alone if others are not ready - I am ready. The state must consider separating me and bring this case closer."

The EFF leader claims the delay is all part of a conspiracy against him, adding the state has no case.

"We want this case to be heard because we have nothing to fear. The state has been postponing this case. If they had a case against us, they would have tried us a long time ago."

Malema was met with flashing cameras as he entered the court wearing a blue suit, a Louis Vuitton belt and tie earlier today.