Malema vows to prove political conspiracy against him

Malema claims the ANC is using state institutions to target him and says his trial can't be considered fair.

EFF leader Julius Malema leaves the High Court in Polokwane on 30 September 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says he does not expect a free and fair trial and will now follow up on new information about a so-called political conspiracy against him with the judiciary.

Malema faces charges of racketeering and 52 other counts, which include fraud.

He appeared in the High Court in Polokwane today, alongside his two co-accused, where their case was postponed until August 2015.

The trio allegedly received a dodgy R52 million tender from the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport five years ago and are suspected of benefitting irregularly from it.

This involves a company that is partly owned by Malema's Ratanang Family Trust.

Malema claims the African National Congress is using state institutions to target him and his trial can therefore not be considered fair.

He also accused Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo of personally driving an agenda against him and said he will write a letter to him.

"We must remain strong. The state is against us. Everything in the state is used to nail us down."

The EFF leader told his supporters outside court not to worry because the state has a weak case against him but that will only be revealed once the matter is heard next year.

Meanwhile, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) says Malema's claims that the institution is being used to target him are an attempt to scandalise the organisation and avoid having his day in court.

Malema also told his supporters that NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana had ignored legal advice to drop charges against him, in a bid to retain his job and curry favour with President Jacob Zuma.

NPA spokesman Nathi Mncube said they've rejected the claims with the contempt they deserve.

"He's basically scandalising the NPA and scandalising the legitimacy of the process in our view, to avoid facing the charges that he's been charged with."

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.