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Malema's lawyers wait for charge sheet

The ANCYL said it will not rally support for Malema ahead of his court appearance on Wednesday.

Expelled ANCYL president Julius Malema. Picture: Eyewitness News

POLOKWANE - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema's lawyers on Tuesday said they have not received a copy of his charge sheet and are yet to see a warrant of arrest with details of the case.

But attorneys confirmed the politician will appear in a Polokwane court on Wednesday, as arranged with the Hawks.

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.

Police have already deployed officers to the courthouse where Malema is due to appear.

Several roads have been closed and police vehicles are on standby.

Limpopo police spokesperson Hangwani Mulaudzi said, "So far, we are not experienced any problems.

Tomorrow is the big day and we will be anticipating a lot of people, but there is no need for panic. We have done this before."

Meanwhile, the ANCYL said it will not rally support for Malema ahead of his court appearance.

Malema's former colleagues were warned by the ANC that they may face disciplinary action if they publicly support him.

ANCYL leaders, who will head to Polokwane on Wednesday, will have to do so in their private capacity.

According to League NEC member Thabo Kupa, the organisation has "not sanctioned any activities."

'LIMPOPO MAFIA' IN COURT

The Anti-Corruption Task Team on Tuesday confirmed that four businessmen, believed to be part of the so-called 'Limpopo mafia', handed themselves over to authorities.

Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa is one of the four suspects.

The Polokwane Magistrate's Court was packed to capacity ahead of the appearance of Malema's associates.

The men could face charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering.

Armored vehicles and crowd patrol units blocked all the roads around the court in the Polokwane city centre.

Barrier tape was also erected at the entrance of the court in anticipation of pro-Malema protests.

Gwangwa, On-Point Engineering director, made a brief appearance in the dock.

Malema's Ratanang Family Trust has shares in On-Point, which benefitted handsomely from the awarding of a tender to administer the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department's multi-million rand budget.