Bloemfontein residents speak their minds on the Malema debacle

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GALOOME SHOPANE

On Tuesday, South Africa’s prodigal son, Julius Malema,will appear on a charge of contempt of court for failing to declare all his assets.

Early this year, some of Malema’s assets from his Polokwane and Sandton homes were auctioned in order to pay his outstanding millions to the South African Revenue Services (SARS).

The ousted ANC Youth League president still faces charges of fraud and racketeering in connection with the irregular awarding of a R52-million tender to On-Point Engineering in Limpopo. 

Malema is alleged to have shares in the engineering company through his Ratanang Family Trust.

Courant asked Bloemfontein citizens about their thoughts on the fact that if found guilty of contempt of court, Malema would face a term in jail, a suspended sentence, or a fine of R500 000.

Here’s what they had to say:

Brenda Gomes (37), ”If money is not yours in the first place to take, you must pay it back; there’s no other way around.”

Fanie Lodewyk (64), “If you are corrupt, you’re stealing people’s money. He must go to court and the court must send him to jail. That’s what happens to ordinary people.”

Karabo Mokhele (25),” If he is found guilty then the law should take its course. I think he should go to jail for a while.”

Maxi Booysen(61), “If a person is found guilty, then they simply have to do the time.”

Thando Mchunu (22) “I think Julius Malema should go to jail; I mean, are his assets even worth R500 000? He should go to jail. Justice should be done.”