255 Malema supporters sing outside Nirvana community hall in Polokwane ass they wait for the night vigil to begin. 250912. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Limpopo - Roads leading to the Polokwane Regional Court were closed on Wednesday as police monitored the situation ahead of the appearance of expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

There was barbed wire outside the court and police Nyalas were positioned in various places surrounding the court. Police patrolled the road.

Scores of Malema supporters sang and danced outside the courthouse and the crowd was expected to swell as the day progressed.

The media had set up equipment on roads leading to the court.

Malema was expected to hand himself over to the police before his appearance on charges of money-laundering involving R4 million.

Four other people, including Malema's business associate Lesiba Gwangwa, appeared in court on Tuesday on charges including fraud and corruption.

It is alleged that the four misrepresented themselves to the Limpopo department of roads and transport in respect of a R52 million tender, which was awarded to On-Point Engineers.

The fraud charges also relate to designs owned by the department. - Sapa