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AfriForum plans to prosecute Julius Malema for fraud, corruption

This relates to the On Point case.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema at the EFF's memorial service for Winnie Madikizela-Mandela in Brandfort on 11 April 2018. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

PRETORIA - Lobby group AfriForum has announced that it will pursue a private prosecution against Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on charges of fraud and corruption.

The case relates to the On Point Engineering case, which was heard in the Limpopo High Court but was struck off the roll in 2015, because one of the accused was ill and couldn't stand trial.

Malema and two co-accused were accused of unlawfully securing a tender and subsequently accepting bribes to award subcontracts.

Millions of rands of allegedly unlawful gains were paid into the EFF leader's Ratanang family trust.

Prosecutor Gerrie Nel says the case against Malema was struck off the roll because co-accused Kagiso Dichaba was ill.

“They only did a superficial search of the information that is currently in the public domain, and that portrayed what appeared to be a healthy Mr Dichaba, having recovered fully from his illness.”

Nel says they asked the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) when the matter would be re-enrolled.

“Mr Pretorius responded to us and he indicated that the NPA would indicate on or before August 2018, whether or not the Priority Crimes Litigation Unit will prosecute.”

Malema has already tweeted that AfriForum "should bring it on", saying that "no white man will decide his destiny".