ANC rebel Julius Malema, South African President Jacob Zuma’s most vocal critic and an advocate for mining nationalisation, has been charged by a court in Polokwane with money laundering. He was later released on bail.
Hundreds of supporters had gathered outside the court in the capital of his home province of Limpopo, north of Johannesburg.
Security was tight for the appearance of Mr. Malema who has said the accusations by the South African government are politically motivated. Several other charges such as corruption and fraud were not made against him as has been widely anticipated by his supporters.
The 31-year-old politician was thrown out of the African National Congress in April after being accused of causing divisions within the party. His appearance at the courthouse comes just one week after a warrant was issued for his arrest.