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Malema unfazed by pending arrest

The former African National Congress Youth League leader is expected to appear in court soon.

Julius Malema is expected to appear in court next week. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema's lawyer said on Saturday, the former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) leader was positive ahead of his scheduled court appearance next week.

Malema faces a warrant of arrest that apparently relates to his Ratanang family trust fund. It is believed he faces charges of money laundering, corruption and fraud relating to the family trust.

He is expected to appear in a Polokwane court next week.

The warrant was issued on Friday but his lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou said she does not know what the charges are.

"Since Mr Malema found out about the warrant yesterday, he's been in high spirits and looking forward finding out what the charges are and having his day in court," said Galaktiou.

Suspended ANCYL Secretary General Sindiso Magaqa claimed the arrest warrant issued for Malema is part of a political conspiracy.

Magaqa said authorities wanted to humiliate Malema by arresting him on Friday, so he could spend the long weekend in jail.

He said he had also received information that several cabinet ministers are part of the conspiracy against Malema.

"We got the information from our reliable sources in government."

Magaqa refused to divulge which ministers were allegedly involved.

Meanwhile, ANCYL spokesperson Magdalene Moonsamy said, the league supports Malema wholeheartedly.

"Of course we will await the processes that must be followed, with the legal confrontation.

"However, we remain consistent, we remain unshaken and we remain resolute in his support."

The Congress of South African Trade Unions' Zwelinzima Vavi said South Africans must not judge Julius Malema.

Vavi said Malema must be treated as innocent until he has had his day in court.

"We are not in a position to say whether these cases are right or not," said Vavi.

"All we know is that at all times, anyone who is accused of crimes, remains innocent until proven guilty."

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