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No red berets as decision over Malema's trial pends

Julius Malema is expected to find out whether his fraud and corruption trial will proceed.

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses a crowd of his party's supporters outside the Polokwane Magistrate's court following the postponement of his corruption trial on 3 August 2015. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

POLOKWANE - Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema is expected to find out in the next hour whether his fraud and corruption trial will proceed.

While there's a heavy police presence outside the High Court sitting in Polokwane again this morning, there's no sign of any EFF members.

Malema on Monday told them not to return to the court because they are needed in Parliament and on the ground to secure more votes.

The EFF leader said this is a battle he needs to fight alone and he's hoping that his trial can begin today.

"I've asked the judge to separate me from that accused and try me alone because I want to have my day in court. I cannot wait any longer. This dark cloud has to be resolved."

Malema also told his supporters that he wants his day in court and has pleaded with the judge for a separation of trials.

The trial, which was set to begin on Monday, was postponed as one of his co- accused is in hospital.

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.

WATCH: Malema: Give me my day in court

On Monday, the state indicated that it would ask for a lengthy postponement, because it wants Malema and his two co-accused to stand trial together.