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Malema set to clarify lavish lifestyle

Julius Malema will appear in a Polokwane court on 16 counts of money laundering.

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

POLOKWANE - Expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, on 16 counts of money laundering totalling nearly R5 million.

Four of his associates, including director of On-Point Engineering Kagisho Dichabe - in which Malema has indirect shares - were on Tuesday released on R40, 000 bail each.

Between January 2009 and December 2011, nearly R6 million was paid into Malema's Ratanang Family Trust.

The details are contained in the charge sheet which Eyewitness News has seen.

The trust is one of two shareholders in On-Point Engineering, whose directors have been charged with fraud for lying to win a tender.

After winning a bid to manage the Polokwane roads project, the company awarded sub-contracting tenders for kick-backs.

The fees for tenders were paid into the trust, which Malema used to fund his lifestyle.

The proceeds were also used to buy the Mercedes minibus which Malema is often seen transported in.

YOUTH SUPPORT MALEMA

Meanwhile, hundreds of young people filled the Nirvana Community Hall in Polokwane on Tuesday night for a vigil in support of the axed ANC youth leader.

While Malema was nowhere to be seen, the group made up of many youths kept themselves busy by singing controversial songs slamming President Jacob Zuma and calling for a change of leadership within the ANC.

Lerato Moloi, an ANCYL member in Limpopo, said although he respects the fact that Malema has a case to answer to in court, he will continue to support him.

He said State funds were being "misused by those in power" to fight those in support of a change in leadership.

Meanwhile, Nkosinathi Lefoko said she will be supporting Malema outside the courthouse because he is a "good leader" who is being targeted by other politicians.

"I am here to support my president. He is a very, very honest and trustworthy person. This [case] is very politically motivated."