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Malema granted R10,000 bail

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema has been granted a R10,000 bail by the Polokwane Magistrates Court.

Julius Malema arrives at the Polokwane Magistrates Court on 26 September 2012. Picture: AFP

POLOKWANE - Julius Malema was granted R10,000 bail by the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday.

The expelled ANC Youth League leader appeared on money laundering charges.

Malema waved at his family and supporters when he entered the dock.

He and his co-accused, Makgetsi Manthata, told the court they intended pleading not guilty to the charges.

Malema faces a charge of money laundering while Manthata will have to answer to allegations of corruption.

He will only pay R10,000 bail unlike his co-accused who had to pay R40,000 each.

The state will argue millions of Rand were paid into Malema's Ratanang Family Trust as kickbacks for lucrative tenders awarded to the province.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old woman was among Malema supporters outside court.

She said she will always be a Malema supporter because he gave her a job as a cleaner in government.

"What do they have against Julius Malema? They know he is going to become a leader. They are trying to pressurise him so that he cannot stand as a president. However, we all know that 10 years from now he will become the president of South Africa."

Malema has denied any wrongdoing.

He believes the trial against him is politically motivated.