Mapaila says "corrupt" NPA officials let Julius Malema off the hook

Mapaila says "corrupt" NPA officials let Julius Malema off the hook

- The SACP's Solly Mapaila says that justice has not been done in a case involving Julius Malema

- He was speaking about Malema's Ratanang Trust, which has been linked to a dubious tender

- Mapaila added that this was the source of the EFF's disdain for Pravin Gordhan

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South African Communist Party (SACP) deputy general-secretary Solly Mapaila says that "corrupt" figures in the NPA helped Julius Malema avoid prosecution.

He was referring to the case involving Malema's Ratanang Trust.

The trust was accused of receiving funds from a company linked to a dodgy tender.

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Progress in the case has become stalled as it was struck off the role in 2015, has gathered. Mapaila said the decision to abandon the case was made by corrupt NPA officials during the Zuma presidency, the Sunday Times has reported.

Mapaila described the situation as an "injustice", according to The South African. He said that the media should be trying to find out exactly what happened with the case, as he believes that the Ratang Trust was involved in fraud and other wrongdoing.

While the NPA has not met progress in prosecuting the case, SARS (and later Thuli Madonsela) did investigate the trust. This was while Pravin Gordhan held a senior position at the tax collecting institution.

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As a result, Mapaila says that this is why the EFF bears so much animosity toward Pravin Gordhan. 

"Why this chase of Pravin Gordhan? Because he was in the ministry of finance and was blocking certain things," said Mapaila.

Mapaila is not the only one raising fresh concerns about the Ratang Trust case. AfriForum has said that they will be pursuing legal action to compel the NPA to prosecute the case.

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