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JULIUS Malema’s former friend-turned-enemy Boy Mamabolo has been charged with 72 counts of fraud relating to the R416 400 he allegedly stole from the Limpopo Geographical Names Committee.

Mamabolo, a staunch supporter of President Jacob Zuma, appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate’s Court yesterday. The court granted him R10 000 bail, and the State did not oppose the application.

Initially, the State wanted bail set at R20 000, but the magistrate reduced it after Mamabolo said he could afford only R5 000.

Mamabolo and his lawyer Pholoto Seopela agreed to the amount set by the court.

The State alleges that Mamabolo had used a separate chequebook with which he withdrew the funds between Sep- tember 2010 and last November without the knowledge of other committee members.

Mamabolo was not asked to plead in court yesterday.

The magistrate asked if he agreed with an affidavit in which he promised not to interfere with the investigations. He responded in the affirmative.

Mamabolo was arrested on Wednesday.

National spokesman for the Hawks Captain Paul Ramaloko said: “We are confident that we have a strong case against the accused.”

The case was postponed to March 20.

Mamabolo recently threatened to exhume the body of Malema’s mother from her graveyard and throw it in front of the expelled ANC Youth League leader’s grandmother.

Mamabolo accused Malema of having instructed his allies to sleep with his girlfriend, a charge that Malema and his friends have denied.

Malema has opened a crimen injuria case against Mamabolo, but the case was provisionally withdrawn last week for further investigation.