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Malema arrives in court for trial

Malema abandoned his red beret & arrived in court escorted by his security and some EFF members.

EFF leader Julius Malema arrives in court in Polokwane on 3 August 2015. Picture: Gia Nicolaides/EWN

POLOKWANE - The National Prosecuting Authority says it's ready to proceed with Julius Malema's fraud and corruption trial.

The NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku sayd, "We're ready. We wouldn't have set the matter down for trial, for six weeks if we weren't ready. We're going to proceed today and present our case with evidence in court today."

#Malema Heavy police presence and barbed wired in the background. GN pic.twitter.com/TdSHNrNiWG

The EFF supporters greeted Malema with songs and vowed to rally behind him.

The case relates to a 2009 tender awarded by the Limpopo Department of Roads and Transport to On Point Engineering, a company co-owned by Malema.

The trial is being heard in the High Court, sitting in Polokwane, and is set down for six weeks.

Media houses are also racing against time to apply for permission to record the proceedings.

Police have closed off several roads around the court house and there is barbed wire to ensure that demonstrators don't disrupt proceedings.