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Malema under fire

Julius Malema's legal & financial woes will become clearer over the next two days.

Defiant: Former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The full extent of Julius Malema's legal and financial woes is expected to be revealed this week as he prepares to fight charges of corruption, fraud and money laundering.

The former African National Congress Youth League leader will appear in a Polokwane court tomorrow but The Times newspaper is reporting he will be charged at the Garsfontein Police Station in Pretoria today.

An arrest warrant was issued for him on Friday.

It is believed the case relates to his Ratanang Family Trust and his business links with the Limpopo government through On-Point Engineering. Malema owns shares in On-Point Engineering through his trust.

The engineering company was awarded a tender to administer part of the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department's multi-billion rand budget.

Malema also risks having his bank accounts frozen if he does not pay his R16 million tax bill after the South African Revenue Service obtained a court judgment against him.

His tax bill includes unpaid tax revenue, penalties and interest. The North Gauteng High Court has given Sars permission to do whatever it takes to recover the money. Sars can attach Malema's assets and, as a last resort, it can also freeze his bank accounts.

Malema lost his salary from Luthuli House after being expelled from the ANC earlier this year. In the past he claimed this was his only source of income.

NIGHT VIGIL

While Malema has faced a tough time in recent months, he has still managed to garner support from those who believe he is being targeted as part of a political conspiracy to silence him.

His supporters are again expected to rally behind him by holding a night vigil in Limpopo ahead of his court appearance tomorrow. The gathering is being organized by the ANCYL's Limpopo officials.

The ANCYL, which has continued to back its former president, says it cannot determine how many people turn up to support Malema because he has made an impact on several economic sectors.