NPA opts out of prosecuting Julius Malema in tender fraud debacle

NPA opts out of prosecuting Julius Malema in tender fraud debacle

- The National Prosecuting Authority has decided that it will temporarily let Julius Malema off the hook for fraud charges

- Meanwhile, the EFF leader's former business associates will be facing the music in the same matter

- The charges are tied to tender fraud in Limpopo to the tune of R60.4 million

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The NPA has halted charges against Julius Malema while his co-accused in a tender fraud debacle will answer to prosecution.

City Press reports that the entity had sent a letter to AfriForum, revealing that it will be prosecuting On-Point Engineering, chief executive Lesiba Gwangwa, and director Kagisho Dichabe.

The debacle relates to misrepresentation to the department of roads and transport and a tender worth around R52 million.

Gwangwa and On-Point will be facing fraud charges after allegedly claiming the company had not been paid when in reality a R8.4 million payment had been made.

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NPA advocate George Baloyi told AfriForum that he would not be pressing forward with charges against Malema, explaining that:

“After the finalisation of the trial in this matter, the record of the proceedings – and any credibility findings that the court might have made during the trial, as well as the report of the prosecutor – will be perused to determine whether a criminal prosecution should be instituted against Malema."

Baloyi confirmed that an investigation will now be launched over Malema's administration of the Ratanang Family Trust.

AfriForum CEO Kallie Kriel commented on the case that has stalled since 2012, saying that:

“At least a decision has now been taken, even though it is the wrong one. We will make representations to say that it is the wrong decision. Malema must be prosecuted with the rest.”

Briefly.co.za gathered that advocate Gerrie Nel disagreed that there was insufficient evidence to charge the EFF boss with money laundering.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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