PRETORIA, April 19 – Kallie Kriel, chief executive of civil rights organisation AfriForum, on Thursday said it was ridiculous that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA has taken more than two years to decide whether Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema will answer to charges of fraud and corruption in relation to activities of the company On-Point Engineering in Limpopo.
“If you search the internet, you will find a long of information relating to On-Point. That is the company where Julius Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust, of which he is the sole trustee, has 50 percent shares in that On-Point company,” said Kriel at a briefing in Pretoria.
“On-Point was appointed by the Limpopo department of roads to help them with some work … including giving advice on tenders that were given to people.
“As we know, the companies that got tenders through this process then paid back money into the account of On-Point. That is corruption, and something we believe is a strong case to prosecute.
“It is actually ludicrous that the National Prosecuting Authority … it is now two years and eight months since the case was scrapped in the Polokwane High Court. Why is it not going ahead?”
Kriel said the AfriForum hopes to get the nolle prosequi certificate from the NPA, and pursue the case, setting an example
“We believe that it is time that we intervene and make sure that Julius Malema is brought to book. Nobody is above the law, even though Mr Malema thinks he is above the law, he is not above the law. We will make sure that he is held accountable,” he said.
Earlier, head of AfriForum’s private prosecuting unit Advocate Gerrie Nel announced he will be leading the private prosecution against Malema and his co-accused – if the NPA issues the nolle prosequi certificate.
“The indictment on this matter consists of the following charges – two racketeering charges, five corruption charges, four fraud charges, and 40 counts of the contravention of the Prevention of Organised Crime Act,” said Nel.
“After the accused appeared, this particular matter was struck off the roll on the 4th August 2015 because one of the accused [Kagisho] Mr Dichabe was ill and could not stand trial. The understanding at the time was that the NPA would monitor the matter, and ensure that the matter is enrolled again.
“We only did a superficial search of information that is currently in the public domain and that portrayed what appears to be a healthy Mr Dichabe having recovered fully from his illness.
“Social media photographs depict him at social gatherings, family holidays, business transactions, purchasing high-powered expensive sports cars, participating in cycling events, and remarkably, Mr Dichabe chose to depict a picture of him and President [Cyril] Ramaphosa as his current profile picture on Twitter.
The EFF leader has responded by saying the Afriforum can “bring it on”. He tweeted: “Bring it on bloody racists, you don’t scare me at all. I’m born ready! No white man will decide my destiny …”
A party spokesperson said the move was linked to resistance to the EFF’s position on the expropriation of land without compensation.