Expelled ANC Youth League President Julius Malema says he will go to Impala Platinum mine near Rustenburg - one of the mines in the area not currently on strike - tomorrow to urge workers to demand higher wages.
The expelled ANC youth leader was speaking to a crowd of supporters outside the Polokwane Magistrates Court, where he was charged with money laundering and released on bail of R10 000. He denies he's been part of any criminal activity.
"These charges which they brought against me, they do not affect me at all. I am unshaken, I am not intimidated. I am going to continue the struggle against economic freedom, they are wasting time tomorrow. I am going to Impala mine in Rustenburg, we are going to encourage the workers to demand R12 500," said Malema.
The charges against Malema and Manthata relate to the awarding of tenders in Limpopo
Julius Malema scoffed at the money-laundering charges laid against him and said he will continue to fight for "economic freedom" in South Africa.
He appeared in court alongside businessman Selby Manthata who has been charged with fraud, corruption and money-laundering. Manthata was granted R40 000 bail. The charges against Malema and Manthata relate to the awarding of tenders in Limpopo.
Malema has proclaimed his innocence stating, "They bring me here even after I said to them they don't have to arrest me, I will present myself to court and I will co-operate with you. Even when I said I’m prepared to co-operate and share information at my disposal with the police and I said to them I have nothing to hide. I have never been part of any criminal activity. I am not corrupt and I do not engage in fraudulent activities. What you see is what you get."
The Hawks have defended the charges it has levelled against Malema, saying several companies stole money from the Limpopo Roads and Transport Department and put it into his bank account.