Malema to argue political interference

The expelled ANCYL leader will appear in court on money laundering charges.

FILE: Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema appears in the Polokwane Regional Court in Limpopo on Wednesday, 26 September 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

POLOKWANE - As expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema prepares to appear in the Polokwane Regional Court on Friday, his lawyers have reportedly written to the head of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), arguing the case against him is politically motivated.

Malema is facing a charge of money laundering and is accused of improperly receiving R4.2 million via Limpopo government tenders.

The City Press is reporting that Malema is now using President Jacob Zuma's corruption case to argue political interference in his own defence.

It is understood his lawyer, Nicqui Galaktiou, has written to NPA head Nomgcobo Jiba arguing the case against her client is politically motivated.

She also quoted from the 2009 decision to withdraw charges against Zuma.

Malema has always claimed the case is motivated by politics.

Meanwhile, riot police are putting extra measures in place outside the courthouse, as Malema supporters march outside the building.

Around a 1,000 people held a night vigil on Thursday, despite the Youth League's resolution not to send supporters.

Many supporters will wait outside the court until Malema addresses them later this morning.

Malema's appearance is expected to be a quick one, with the matter being postponed.