Malema's case postponed to 2015

EFF leader Julius Malema's case was postponed by the Polokwane High Court to 3 August 2015.

EFF leader, Julius Malema stands in the dock on what was supposed to be day first of his trial on 30 September 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The corruption case against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema and his two co-accused has been postponed to the 3 August and will run until 10 September 2015.

The trio appeared briefly in the Polokwane High Court this morning.

They are suspected of benefitting irregularly from a government tender.

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.

He facing charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.

The case was postponed due to the unavailability of some of the defence lawyers.

Malema was met with flashing cameras as he entered the High Court wearing a blue suit a Louis Vuitton belt and tie.

He stood briefly in the dock before the state prosecutor asked the judge for a postponement.

There were no opposing applications and the trial is now set for next year.

Malema is due to address hundreds of supporters in a short while.

Earlier, Malema's lawyer told Eyewitness News his client is eager to have his corruption trial finalised, maintaining he is innocent.

His lawyer Tumi Mokwena said, "He sees the matter as an inconvenience and he would like to get it over and done with."

He says the state has many witnesses lined up for next year's trial.

Roads leading to the building have also been cordoned off.

Police reinforcements have been called in to marshal supporters in the city.

The supporters have all been singing songs about Marikana and earlier chanted 'pay back the money'.

Many of the people say the case against Malema is a conspiracy and EFF convenors say it should be dismissed.

An EFF supporter says he's fully behind Malema.

"We are saying no, we are saying stop, we are saying hands off our Commander-in-Chief. We are fully behind Malema and we support him through all his tribulations and trials."

(Edited from Gadeeja Abbas)