By Al Jazeera
The trial of Julius Malema, the leader of the opposition Economic Freedom Fighters and a former leader of the ANC youth wing, is set to resume in a South African court after being postponed from last September.
An outspoken critic of corruption, he is accused of receiving $400,000 from involvement in corrupt road construction projects. The charges include fraud, corruption, racketeering and money-laundering.
If convicted, Malema could spend a maximum of 15 years in prison, pay a large fine and lose his seat in parliament.
Malema and his supporters have repeatedly dismissed the allegations as politically motivated, saying his prosecution is a punishment for accusing President Jacob Zuma of corruption.
In August last year, Malema led “pay back the money” chants against Zuma, triggering scuffles in parliament.
He has demanded that Zuma repay the $24m of taxpayers’ money spend on “security upgrades” at his private extravagant home.
Malema himself, along with four business associates, is accused of lying to win a public works construction contract in his home province of Limpopo, worth $4.6m. The proceeds are alleged to have been used to help buy Malema a luxury Mercedes Benz Viano and a large farm.
Source:: Al Jazeera
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