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Malema's business partner hands himself over

Lesiba Gwangwa has handed himself over to authorities and will appear in court on Tuesday.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema held a news conference where he spoke about the Marikana mine crisis and President Jacob Zuma in Sandton, Tuesday, 18 September 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - Lesiba Gwangwa and three others have handed themselves over to police in Polokwane and will appear in court on Tuesday in connection with a fraud case involving former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

Malema is due to appear in court on Wednesday as part of the same case. He is expected to face charges of corruption, money laundering and fraud.

It is understood the charges relate to his Ratanang Family Trust and its involvement in On-Point Engineering which has made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

On-Point was awarded a tender to administer the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department's multi-million rand budget.

Arrest warrants were issued on Friday.

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.

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.

The league said their support for Malema is not in defiance of the mother body.

The league's Limpopo Secretary General Jacob Lebogo said: "We are supporting Malema as a resident of Limpopo because we've been observing the issues that he is alleged to have committed. We are not defying anybody because we've got a clear position that Malema remains the president within the republic until 2014."

Limpopo police said they have closed the roads outside the court in Polokwane ahead of Malema's appearance.

The police's Hangwani Mulaudzi said: "Roads at the court have been closed off. This is not a trial run; we've already started deploying officers to make sure there is order within the court precinct. There will be further deployment today, in the afternoon and this evening."

Meanwhile, Malema's lawyers have issued a statement saying they are yet to receive a copy of the charge sheet and have also not seen a warrant of arrest with any details of the case.

They have however confirmed he will be appearing in court on Wednesday by arrangement with the Hawks.