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Malema: I have nothing to fear

The EFF leader says he’d never steal from the poor and had no reason to fear prosecution.

FILE: Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.

POLOKWANE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema on Monday told supporters he has nothing to fear because he is not guilty of fraud and corruption.

The former ANC Youth League leader made a brief appearance in the Polokwane High Court on Monday.

He faces charges including fraud, corruption and money laundering.

Malema was welcomed with loud cheers from supporters waiting outside court.

The case against him and his four business associates was postponed to 30 September 2014.

However, the EFF leader will return to court next week to make representations as to why the charges against him should be dropped.

Malema's legal team says it has made new representations to the National Prosecuting Authority in order to have all charges dropped.

The controversial politician says he would never steal from the poor and that the case against him is political.

"They thought arresting me would silence me. I will not run away because I have nothing to fear."

He also took a swipe at President Jacob Zuma's brother, Michael, saying he stole tax money but was never arrested.