Malema: ANC members helping me

Julius Malema says he’s being helped by some senior people within the ANC who will reveal their hand later.

FILE: Julius Malema arrives at the Polokwane Magistrates Court on Friday, 21 June. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema claims there are senior leaders within the ANC who are working with his new party and who will come out into the open when the time is right.

Malema recently announced he was creating a new political party called the Economic Freedom Fighters, which will campaign for nationalisation of mines and land expropriation.

Speaking on Talk at Nine of Radio 702/567 CapeTalk's on Sunday Malema, said he was being helped by senior people within the ANC.

"Some of them have opted for the strategy of insulting us so that they protect themselves so they don't appear as if they are part of us."

He claimed they would reveal their hand later.

"In the end, once everything's been concluded and there's positivity, they can come out and openly say this is who we associate with."

Malema still cuts a confident figure but seems to have lost some of the style he had while ANC Youth League leader.

Meanwhile, the political firebrand and four co-accused face several charges, including corruption and racketeering.

He was in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court last week hoping to get a date as soon as possible to 'clear his name'.

However, the legal teams were unhappy with the manner in which the state managed to secure a trial date overnight.

On Thursday, Malema told the court his prosecution was flawed and fraught with political interference.

He accused President Jacob Zuma of being behind his prosecution.