The corruption trial of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF)’ leader in chief, Julius Malema, gets started in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court today.
Should Malema gets convicted, he will lose his Parliamentary seat.
The leader in chief faces charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering. It is unproven that he made nearly R4m from shady actions.
The EFF has been outspoken against corruption and has accused the ruling African National Congress (ANC) of “chronic kleptomania” of public funds.
When the party was launched in July 2013, Malema said the EFF was founded on the principle of anti-corruption.
According to court papers, Malema had business ties with Lesiba Gwangwa, one of the co-accused and a director of On-Point Engineering.
Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.