Malema: I didn't steal from the poor

EFF leader Julius Malema in court. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema has told his supporters outside the Polokwane High Court that he is innocent.

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader made a brief court appearance this morning on various charges including fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Malema says he will never steal from the poor and has taken a swipe at President Jacob Zuma’s brother, Michael, saying he stole from taxpayers but was never arrested.

Malema’s court case has been postponed to September 2014, but he will be back next week to make representations as to why the matter should be dropped. The trial has been set down for a month.

Malema was welcomed with loud cheers from his supporters who had been waiting for him outside court.

“I want to tell you today, I did not steal from you. I will never steal from you. I will never steal from the poor. I fight for the poor.”

Malema’s legal team says it has new representations that it has made to the National Prosecuting Authority in order to have all charges dropped so that he does not have to stand trial.