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Malema intent on removing Zuma

Julius Malema vowed to stop at nothing to remove President Jacob Zuma as leader of the ANC.

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema appears in the Polokwane Regional Court in Limpopo on Wednesday, 26 September 2012. Malema is accused of money-laundering. He handed himself over to the Polokwane police on Wednesday morning before his court appearance. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

POLOKWANE - Julius Malema on Wednesday said he will not let his current charge of money laundering deter him from unseating President Jacob Zuma at the ANC's elective conference in Mangaung.

The expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader was granted bail of R10,000 in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court after making a brief appearance on Wednesday morning.

Outside court, hundreds of pro-Malema demonstrators gathered to hear his address.

He called on protesters to focus on electing ANC Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe as president during the December conference.

The firebrand politician said Zuma must be ousted because he still has to answer to several charges.

"You must make sure Zuma does not become the president of the ANC. We must remove him as president [of the country and ANC] and the following day, we must charge him for corruption."

Malema also said he would not let the criminal case against him slow down his mission to lead the mining revolution.

"[On Thursday], I am going to a mine in Rustenburg to encourage workers to demand R12,500."

The expelled ANC Youth Leader pledged to continue the struggle for economic freedom with the backing of Friends of the Youth League.

NOTHING TO HIDE

Malema remained defiant on Wednesday, saying he has nothing to hide.

According to the charge sheet, Malema faces 16 counts of money laundering after his Ratanang Family Trust received nearly R6 million in proceeds from irregular and fraudulent Limpopo tenders.

On-Point Engineering, the company at the centre of the debacle, is partially owned by Malema's trust.

It is alleged Malema's lifestyle was funded by money made from On-Point, which was acquired irregularly.

While Malema maintains his innocence, the ANC says it had no role in the charges against him.