Malema in court: EFF to march in Polokwane

Hundreds of EFF supporters are expected to march from the Nirvana Hall to the courthouse.

EFF members gather to march to the High Court in Polokwane where their leader Julius Malema will appear on 30 September 2014. Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The High Court in Polokwane has been cordoned off and roads leading to the building closed off as supporters of Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema prepare to gather there for his appearance on corruption charges.

Malema and two other accused also face charges of fraud and racketeering related to a tender awarded to On Point Engineering.

The company is partly owned by Malema's Ratanang Family Trust and received a R52 million contract from the Department of Public Works, Roads and Transport in 2009.

Dozens of EFF members have once again filled the Nirvana Hall where they held a night vigil and are now preparing to march to the courthouse.

Police reinforcements have been called in to marshal supporters through the city.

Many of the people who spent the night here have maintained Malema is being targeted by a political conspiracy.

Others say they will gather at the courthouse and support Malema until he is acquitted.

The EFF says they hope Malema will put the allegations of criminal wrongdoing behind him once and for all.

The proceedings are due to last until the end of this month, but it's still unclear if Malema will ask for a postponement today.

Malema has maintained he's innocent and says he will emerge from court victorious.

Meanwhile, Malema's lawyer Tumi Mokwena says they're ready for the start of the trial.

There has been talk about a co-accused whose legal representatives are not available, so we don't know what is happening, but we are ready for trial. Malema is eager to have the matter finalised."

Picture: Vumani Mkhize/EWN