Malema is free to go, for now
Lawyers have spent the morning arguing whether Economic Freedom Fighters leader, Julius Malema’s trial should be separated from that of his co-accused, Kagisho Dichabe who is in hospital.
Malema said that he wants his trial to go ahead and that he wants to face the case against him. Malema has been accused of corruption, relating to tenders granted by the Limpopo provincial government.
Gia Nicolaides reports, on the Midday Report with Stephen Grootes, that Malema and his co-accused Lesiba Gwangwa are free to go, given that the third accused Dichabe is hospitalised.
Judge Billy Motlhe saw fit to strike the trial off the roll, given that he has no authority to call for separate trial. This means that, should the trial proceeds and Dichaba return to court, they would have to start all over.
Judge Motlhe did however say that the court may still instigate the charges of fraud against Malema and Gwangwa when the accused are all ready.
Listen to the full report below:
EFF: 'No case against our Commander-in-Chief'
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also insists that there is 'no case against the Commander in Chief (Malema)' and that if there was, he would have been prosecuted already. Ndlozi says that Malema is ready to go to trial should he be called back, if there is legal basis.
Listen to Ndlozi's interview below:
Background to Julius' alleged scandals
Meanwhile author of An Inconvenient Youth - Julius Malema and the new ANC, Fiona Forde speaks to Stephen Grootes giving some background to the background of Julius Malema's involvement with the engineering companies that landed him up with fraud charges in the first place.
Ford highlights that with Malema's rising political power, the engineering companies that he was involved in also gained in profits. Over the last few years, his increasingly flamboyant lifestyle and political power has given rise to questions around irregular tendering and other charges. With this history and evidence, Ford says it is 'surprising' that the case has now been struck off.
Listen to Forde's analysis below: