Malema arrives at court in style for fraud case

The matter is expected to be transferred to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

POLOKWANE - A trial date is expected to be set in the case against former ANC Youth League President Julius Malema when he appears in the Polokwane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Malema and five others have been charged with fraud and money laundering related to road works and construction tenders in Limpopo.

For a man who faces a multi-million rand tax bill and has had numerous properties seized and sold by the state, Malema arrived in style earlier this morning.

The back passenger door of a BMW 7 series Malema was driven in was opened for him.

He arrived at court wearing a silver grey suit and a red tie, and was accompanied by several people, including the ANC Youth League's former spokesperson Floyd Shivambu.

The firebrand politician recently announced he would soon be launching a political party called the Economic Freedom Fighters.

While dozens of police officers have closed off the roads around the court with their vehicles and razor wire, it appears the high security presence is in vain. There were no overnight vigils in support of Malema and there are currently no crowds.

A senior police officer says the security measures are a mere precaution, and they've not had any formal request for a gathering.

Malema is expected to find out when he'll have to answer to the numerous counts of fraud and corruption levelled against him.

The matter is also expected to be transferred to the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria where it will be heard before a judge.