Malema ready to appear in court

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema visited striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana in the North West on 18 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.
JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema’s lawyer says he is prepared to go to court next week and answer to the charges against him.

A warrant for Malema's arrest was issued on Friday morning and he is expected to appear in court in Polokwane or Pretoria in the next few days.

It is understood the charges relate to his Ratanang Family Trust and its involvement in an engineering company which has made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

Malema’s attorney Nicqui Galaktiou says the news of the arrest warrant did not come as a surprise.

“I suppose it was expected.”

She says she is talking to officials from the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the police for Malema to appear in court next week.
Galaktiou says her client is ready to answer to the charges.

“Malema has always said he’ll cooperate.”

She has not seen the warrant and is only likely to receive more details about the charges after the weekend.

Malema has always maintained his innocence and insisted the case against him is driven by political motives.

Malema was expelled from the ANC earlier this year after calling President Jacob Zuma a dictator.

He has continued to voice his opposition to Zuma’s presidency.

He believes Zuma should not be allowed to serve a second term as the masses have “lost confidence” in him.

Earlier this week, he claimed he was told that there is a plot to kill him.  
(Edited by Lindiwe Mlandu)