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Tue May 26 01:33:29 SAST 2015

ANC forgave apartheid killers but not me: Malema

Sapa | 28 November, 2013 14:33
Supporters of Julius Malema, expelled African National Congress (ANC) youth leader and current leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), chant slogans during his appearance at the Polokwane High Court on charges of money laundering and racketeering, November 18, 2013.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

EFF leader Julius Malema accused the ANC on Thursday of refusing to forgive him while they did so for those who killed anti-apartheid activists.

"Why would they go out to destroy a young man?" he told supporters after appearing in the Polokwane High Court.

"Why did they take everything from him and still protected those who killed our people? Where are the people who were hanging revolutionaries in Pretoria?"

The expelled former African National Congress Youth League leader was speaking after failing to persuade the court to withdraw charges of fraud, corruption, money-laundering, and racketeering against him. He allegedly made nearly R4 million from corrupt activities.

Malema denied committing any serious crime, adding that his only offence was to express views that differed from those of the ANC.

He said his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters, was the only solution to poverty.

"They do not have charges against us. This is a political prosecution for holding different views. They [the ANC] disagree with what we represent and therefore manipulate the prosecution."

The court ruled that the case against him would go ahead next year as scheduled, unless the National Prosecuting Authority decided to drop the charges against him.

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