ANCYL to hold vigil for Malema

ANCYL officials on Tuesday said they were granted permission to hold a night vigil in Polokwane.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema arrives at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in the North West on 18 August 2012. He plans to mediate with striking workers and management. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

POLOKWANE - ANC Youth League (ANCYL) officials on Tuesday said they were granted permission to hold a night vigil in Polokwane, ahead of expelled leader Julius Malema's court appearance on Wednesday.

Limpopo ANCYL Secretary Jacob Lebogo said the vigil will begin at 7pm on Tuesday at the Nirvana Hall in Polokwane.

The vigil will be preceded by a prayer service at the same venue where local priests, traditional healers and community leaders are expected to speak.

Lebogo said they are expecting as many as 15,000 people to come out in support of Malema.

He maintains that the arrest warrant against Malema is part of a political conspiracy.

Lebogo is confident Malema will clear his name in court.

It is believed the case relates to Malema's Ratanang Family Trust and its involvement in an engineering company that made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

Malema could face charges of fraud, money laundering and corruption when he appears in court.

Meanwhile, ANC leaders in Limpopo are expected to attend Malema's court proceedings.

The ANC in Limpopo said it would not be surprised if Premier Cassel Mathale is dragged into the case.

ANC provincial spokesperson Makonde Mathivha said the tender that Malema is being taken to court for was with the Limpopo government.

He said the trial is political and it would not be unimaginable that Mathale, Malema's close ally, is also brought into it.

Lobby group Friends of the Youth League said around 16,000 people will show up outside the court on Wednesday.