Authorities in South Africa advised Julius Malema on Friday (21/09/2012) that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, one of his lawyers said.
"He was contacted about an arrest warrant,” Nicqui Galaktiou of Brian Kahn Inc. Attorneys told Reuters.
She could not immediately give further details about the warrant
The City Press reported that the warrant was issued on Friday morning.
Malema was due to appear in a Pretoria or Polokwane court next week on charges of money laundering, corruption and fraud, it said.
The matter related to his Ratanang Family Trust and its share holding in On-Point Engineering, a company that had allegedly made millions from Limpopo government tenders.
The publication said it was unclear whether Malema would be jailed before appearing in court.
Earlier this week, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that he knew an "illegal warrant” would be issued for his arrest.
"If we are illegally arrested tomorrow, we would have been arrested by [president] Jacob Zuma,” Malema said at the time.
He said he was willing and ready to go to jail, and was not intimidated.
"I have nothing to hide... I only have my convictions. Nothing will stop me from fighting for economic freedom, not even my death... We are unshaken.”
Malema said he had it ”on good authority” that there were instructions ”to get rid of some us...” At the time, presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said: ”The presidency is aware that this person is prone to making wildly unsubstantiated and unwarranted claims and statements, and we do not wish to dignify them.” - Sapa