ANCYL behind Malema all the way

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema visited striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana in the North West on 18 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.
JOHANNESBURG - The ANC Youth League on Saturday pledged its support for expelled leader Julius Malema after police issued a warrant for his arrest.

It is understood he is due to face corruption charges.

On Friday, Malema's lawyer confirmed that a warrant had been issued and they are currently negotiating the terms of his court appearance in Polokwane next week.

The warrant is believed to be related to Malema's Ratanang Family Trust Fund.

The league's spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said, “We will await the processes that must be followed with the legal consultation.

However, the party remains consistent, unshaken and resolute in his support.”

Meanwhile, Malema has denied any wrongdoing.

He says he is ready to cooperate with authorities as he has nothing to hide.

Earlier this week, he claimed that he was told by reliable sources that there was a plot to kill him.

He believes the charges against him are political as he has been very vocal of his opposition to President Jacob Zuma’s government.

Malema said he made a mistake by supporting Zuma in Polokwane and he wants to correct it in Mangaung.

ANC branches will start nominating candidates in October ahead of its elective conference in December.

The ANCYL wants deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe to replace Zuma.

They also want their former president Fikile Mbalula to take over from Gwede Mantashe.
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)