Malema cancels Implats visit

FYL said Malema cancelled the trip because a politician instructed officers to arrest him.

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema with police on 18 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League (ANCYL) leader Julius Malema on Thursday cancelled a planned speech to striking Impala Platinum (Implats) miners in Rustenburg.

According to the Friends of the Youth League (FYL), it received information that officers were instructed to arrest the expelled politician as a permit had not been granted for the meeting to take place.

At the same time, Malema's lawyers have raised concerns about the timing of his arrest warrant.

On Wednesday, he appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on charges of money laundering and was released on R10,000 bail.

FYL said Malema cancelled the trip due to a "massive security threat".

The body added police were instructed, by a politician, to arrest Malema because the gathering was illegal.

Meanwhile, his lawyer Nicqui Galaktiou said Malema's arrest warrant was not issued on Friday as reported in the media, but was only secured on Tuesday.

She said Malema takes the case against him very seriously, despite telling supporters that he did not consider the charge to be serious.

If the renegade politician is found guilty of money laundering, he could face a minimum sentence of 15 years in jail.