The Economic Freedom Fighters' leader Julius Malema tweeted earlier today saying he would be opening a criminal case against public enterprises minister, Pravin Gordhan.
Malema in his tweet says the charges will include money laundering, corruption, racketeering, fraud, contravention of Intelligence Act and Prevention & Combating of Corrupt Activities Act and perjury.
Malema's move comes just hours after Gordhan laid charges of crimen injuria, incitement of violence and criminal defamation against the EFF leader. The Minister laid the charges at the Brooklyn police station in Pretoria this morning.
Minister's appeal last week in the Zondo commission was for people with credible evidence against him to come forward and substantiate the allegations against him. He appealed that they must bring the evidence to the commission and let it be answered before the Deputy Chief Justice.— Adrian Lackay – Public Enterprise Minister Spokesperson
Speaking on the Karima Brown Show, Lackay said they will see the kind of evidence that has been produced in the criminal complaint against the minister.
The events of last week provided solid basis to proceed with the criminal action that was lodged today with the police, and also the civil action that has been lodged before the equality court. This is pure intimidation of witnesses before the Zondo commission, the danger is that other people who may in future would have wanted to present statements or a case before the commission feel intimidated.— Adrian Lackay – Public Enterprise Minister Spokesperson
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