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Afriforum is Planning to Prosecute EFF Leader Julius Malema on Charges of Fraud and Corruption

It's on again between Afriforum and Malema.

Afrikaaner civil rights group Afriforum announced this morning its plans prosecute the commander in chief of the Economic Freedom Party (EFF), Julius Malema.


"We are planning to prosecute Mr Julius Malema on charges of corruption and fraud," said AfriForum chief executive Kallie Kriel. "All I can say is if somebody portrays themselves as somebody that's fighting for the poor, when such a person, like in the case of Mr Malema, goes ahead and steals state money or tax payers' money—money that should benefit the poor, we believe such a persons should be held accountable."

According to the Mail & Guardian, these charges stem from a case involving an engineering company, On-Point Engineering, which was awarded a tender by the Limpopo roads and transport department valued at R52-million.

Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point. Malema denied these allegations.

This is the second time this year the Afriforum threatens legal action against Malema.

In January, the organization announced to be laying charges against Julius Malema, EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu, and spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi. This was after the party led protests against the retail store H&M after the company's distasteful and racist "Coolest Monkey In The Jungle" ad.

Malema striked back on Twitter, saying, "Bring it on bloody racists, you don't scare me at all. I'm born ready! No white man will decide my destiny, the poor masses of our people will..."

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Michaela Coel Joins the 'Black Panther' Sequel Cast

The upcoming film, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, is shaping up.

The sequel to the Oscar-winning Black Panther is only due to debut in July of 2022, but the production is well on its way.

The latest news out of the camp is that Michaela Coel, of I May Destroy You and Chewing Gum fame, has officially joined the cast of Black Panther: Wakanda Forever. Her character details are still under wraps but according to Variety, Coel has already joined director Ryan Coogler at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios, where production started in late June.

Coel joins original cast members Danai Gurira, Letitia Wright, Daniel Kaluuya, Winston Duke, Lupita Nyong'o, Florence Kasumba, and Angela Bassett all reprising their roles. Following the tragic passing of Chadwick Boseman, Marvel reportedly chose not to recast the role of T'Challa.

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"It's clearly very emotional without Chad," Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige mentions. "But everyone is also very excited to bring the world of Wakanda back to the public and back to the fans. We're going to do it in a way that would make Chad proud."

Michaela Coel's highly-lauded 2020 series I May Destroy You — which she wrote, directed, produced and stared in — received four Emmy nominations.

Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled for wide release on July 8, 2022.

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