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Malema: There is life outside the ANC

Malema was expelled from the ruling party in 2011 and cast into what many said was a political wilderness.

EFF leader Julius Malema addressing his supporters outside court in Polokwane on 30 September 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his political ambitions are to prove that there is life outside the African National Congress (ANC) for people who don't agree with the party.

Malema was expelled from the ruling party in 2011 and cast into what many said was a political wilderness.

But after abandoning his farming aspirations, the former ANC Youth League leader re-emerged as the leader of the EFF and in May this year, was elected to Parliament with one million votes.

He is currently facing charges of fraud and racketeering and on Tuesday, his trial was once again postponed in the High Court in Polokwane.

Malema's case was postponed because lawyers for one of his two co-accused were unavailable.

The charges relate to his partial ownership of On-Point Engineering which was awarded a R52 million tender by the Limpopo government in 2009.

During his address to supporters outside court, Malema said the EFF has disproven the ANC's propaganda.

"My ambition is to show people that there is life outside the ANC. I've lived to prove that and I've lived to see the EFF as a testimony."

NPA CHALLENGES MALEMA

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has challenged the EFF leader to apply for a stay of prosecution of his racketeering and fraud charges and produce evidence of a political conspiracy, if it exists.

Malema claims that NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana and Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo are conspiring against him to protect President Jacob Zuma.

He said he intends writing a letter to Mlambo.

"I am going to write a letter to him and give him a warning that if you allow Zuma and them to use you to destroy the judiciary, you must know you have destroyed the last hope of South Africans because the judiciary is the last thing remaining."

But the NPA's Nathi Mncube said Malema will have an opportunity to provide evidence of the so-called conspiracy when his case is heard.

"If there's evidence now that suggests political interference, he can always go and apply for a permanent stay of prosecution and produce such evidence before the court of law."

The trial has been set down for 3 August 2015 and will run until 10 September 2015.

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