ANC unfazed by Malema's claims

Julius Malema won't say which senior ANC leaders are helping him with his new political platform.

Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The ANC says it's not going to respond to former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema's claims that senior party leaders are helping him with his new political formation.

Malema says the leaders are pretending to insult him for the moment and will reveal their hands when the time is right.

He won't say who these senior ANC leaders are.

That leads to questions about whether his motive in making this claim is simply to cause havoc within the party.

He knows that people close to President Jacob Zuma may try to investigate who these people are and thus damage the ANC.

But it's a risky move and Zuma is most likely to suspect people like Fikile Mbalula and Cassel Mathale who've been very close to Malema in the past.

Meanwhile, the former ANC Youth League leader 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 trial 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 date overnight.

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

He accused Zuma of being behind his prosecution.