The Gupta family should be charged with treason for using Waterkloof Air Force Base, former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema said. File photo: AP

Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is being deserted by his friends, who now treat him as leper, it was reported.

"I have lost a lot of friends. I am one person who believes that those who leave you during difficult moments were never with you even before...," he said in an exclusive interview with the Rapport and City Press newspapers.