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'Apartheid ANC trying to silence me'

Julius Malema says the courts should not be used to fight political battles.

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema says the courts should not be used to fight political battles. Picture: SAPA.

POLOKWANE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema says the courts should not be used to fight political battles, saying his corruption charges are based on the "Apartheid ANC" trying to silence him.

Malema and his four business associates have been accused of making millions of rands from tender irregularities.

The case has been postponed to September next year, but Malema will be back in court next week to make representations about why the charges against him should be dropped.

Malema told his supporters outside court on Monday that he's innocent and would never steal from the poor.

He says he is being accused of something of which he has no knowledge.

"Why do you charge me for things I don't know of? There's nothing that implicates me."

Thousands of EFF members demonstrated outside the Polokwane High Court in their trademark red berets, saying the charges against their leader should be dropped next week.

If the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) decides to do so, Malema won't stand trial with his co-accused next year.

He has challenged the NPA to prove its independence.

"We know that through your utterances you'll be brave enough to take a decision that is in the interest of the law."

Malema's lawyers have made new representations to the NPA about why charges against him should be dropped.