Malema's blames fraud case on 'extensive political meddling'
The EFF leader claims Mxolisi Nxasana was almost fired for considering dropping charges against him.
JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his fraud and racketeering case is the result of extensive political meddling and has claimed National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) head Mxolisi Nxasana was almost fired for considering dropping the charges against him.
Malema and his two co-accused appeared in the High Court in Polokwane earlier today, where their trial was postponed until next year.
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 the government tender.
This involves a company that is partly owned by Malema's Ratanang Family Trust.
The EFF leader claims the NPA sought legal opinion on whether to proceed with his prosecution.
He said he has learnt that the advice to the National Director of Public Prosecutions was then to drop the charges.
"I am reliably told that he took the advice given to him."
The EFF leader claims the NPA is continuing with the case because Nxasana tried to use him to save his job.
"This guy used our name to bargain for his job."
The accusation follows several others by Malema that his prosecution is politically motivated but he has yet to produce any evidence.
The EFF leader has also made damning claims against Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo, accusing him of personally driving his prosecution and interfering with decisions taken by the NPA.
Malema said Judge Mlambo tried to intervene when three other people implicated in the tender were discharged on charges of corruption in another trial.
"Judge Mlambo then said to the NPA, why are you not appealing the case? A judge interferes with the NPA because Judge Mlambo is very adamant that Malema must be tried."
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.