POLOKWANE/JOHANNESBURG - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema has arrived for his court appearance in Polokwane on Wednesday.
Malema is expected to appear in the magistrate's court on 16 counts of money laundering totalling nearly R5 million rand.
Four of Malema's associates, including director of On-Point Engineering Kagisho Dichabe - in which Malema has indirect shares - were released on bail yesterday.
Hundreds of Malema supporters have gathered outside the Polokwane Police Station, across the street from the court.
There is a heavy police presence outside the courthouse, with four police nyalas stationed in front and barbed wiring blockading the area.
Malema will hand himself over to authorities before his court appearance.
Protesters are holding posters in support of Malema and calling for a change within the ANC leadership.
After presenting himself to the police station and being documented, Malema will then be taken across the road to the magistrate’s court.
Through his legal team, Malema will submit an affidavit to the court with his particulars.
It will also explain why he should be released on bail.
As with his co-accused on Tuesday, the state is not expected to oppose this.
There is hope among supporters outside the courthouse that Malema will address them after his court appearance.
MALEMA ARREST VS MANGAUNG NOMINATIONS
The ANC in Limpopo said the court case against the expelled ANCYL leader is an attempt to divert attention from the leadership nominations that open next week.
The much-awaited process will allow ANC members to make public who they would prefer as leaders, after the party’s national elective conference in Mangaung this December.
ANC provincial spokesman Makonde Mathivha believes the branch’s work will be affected by Malema’s arrest.
It is thought a large chunk of ANC members in Limpopo will lobby against a second term for President Jacob Zuma.
(Edited by Thato Motaung)