Malema: My conscience is clear
The EFF leader insists he never took any money and is confident he will win his case.
JOHANNESBURG - The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says his conscience is clear and he wants his fraud and corruption trial to go ahead so that he can tell his side of the story.
The trial, which was set to start today, was postponed to tomorrow as one of his co-accused Kagisho Dichabe is in hospital.
The case relates to a 2009 tender awarded by the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport to On Point Engineering, a company co-owned by Malema.
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The state wants the case to be postponed so that Malema and his two co- accused can stand trial together.
But Malema's team has indicated it will apply for a separation of trials, so that Malema can be tried separately.
Malema told his supporters outside court that he wanted the matter to be concluded as there had been too many delays already.
"I do not want any postponement because I'm not scared. I know my conscience is clear; I have nothing to hide."
It's alleged that Malema benefitted from the R52 million tender payment to On Point Engineering, using the money to buy a farm and a vehicle.
MALEMA CHALLENGES NPA
Meanwhile, Malema has challenged the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) not to oppose a separation of trials in terms of his fraud and corruption charges.
He's claiming that he never took any money and he's confident that he will win the case.
The state indicated that it wants a lengthy postponement, suggesting early 2016, because of Dichabe's hospitalisation.
"I challenge the NPA not to oppose the separation of trials so that my trial can start tomorrow. Any form of sickness should never prevent me of having my day I court."
'I WANT MY DAY IN COURT'
Malema says he wants to tell his side of the story.
"Let my side of the story be heard. The NPA has been trying to get postponements, including today, I do not agree [with that]."
Malema also told his supporters not to return to court, as this is a battle he needed to fight on his own and as they are needed in Parliament and on the ground to do their work and attract more voters.
A decision on the matter will be made tomorrow in court when proceedings resume.