(File image) Julius Malema

Johanensburg - The ANC’s Limpopo leadership believes that the allegations against Julius Malema are political and a “clear indication that abuse of power by the state is again taking place in South Africa”.

ANC Limpopo spokesman Makondelele Mathivha said the state’s actions against the expelled ANC Youth League president were “not backed by a genuine case to fight against corruption and fraud, as has been broadly alleged, but rather by a repressive political intent to erode hard-won rights of citizens”.

Members of the party’s provincial executive committee (PEC) had a special meeting on Tuesday and decided to turn out in force on Wednesday, when Malema was expected to appear in court. “Members noted with keen interest developments in Limpopo relating to the warrant of arrest issued against comrade Julius Malema on Friday,” said Mathivha.

“Broadly, the PEC’s understanding of the accusations of corruption and fraud levelled against Mr Malema is that these allegations also bear indirect implications against sections of the ANC-led provincial government of Limpopo. This factor and the point that this ‘case’ is also viewed as a test case are some of the elements that drew the attention of the provincial ANC leadership to the matter.”

It was decided that PEC members would attend today’s hearing at the Polokwane Regional Court, where Malema was expected to appear.

“The PEC is adamant that even if the individual involved was not comrade Julius Malema, members of the PEC would still have gone to court to observe the unfolding proceedings for themselves.”

This was “especially because members view these allegations and this state action against Mr Malema as a clear indication that abuse of power by the state is again taking place in South Africa”.

 

Mathivha said the provincial ANC “fully embraces the principle of rule of law and has unquestionable confidence in the judiciary”. But it hoped Malema’s right to be presumed innocent until proved otherwise would be guaranteed.

Political Bureau