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Dividing opinion: Julius Malema

Updated 10:07 AM ET, Wed September 26, 2012
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Crowds of supporters gather ahead of Julius Malema's court appearance on September 26. The controversial former leader of the South African ruling party's youth league has split public opinion in recent years. AFP/Getty Images
Malema, who was ousted from the ruling African National Congress earlier this year after making a string of attacks against the government, is led into court on September 26. He denies the charges, saying they are politically motivated. AFP/Getty Images
Malema smiles after arriving at the courthouse in Polokwane, north of Johannesburg. The 31-year-old has been charged with money laundering and is now released on bail with a fee set at 10,000 rand (945 euro, $1,215). AFP/Getty Images
Malema addresses supporters after his court appearance in Polokwane on Wednesday. AFP/Getty Images
A Malema supporter takes part in a protest near the courthouse on September 26. AFP/Getty Images
Malema's speech included accusing his former friend President Jacob Zuma of having him arrested "for anything." AFP/Getty Images
Demonstrators gather behind a razor wire outside the courthouse on September 26, singing songs in Malema's support. Some held an overnight vigil at a local hall amid heavy security presence that included riot police. AFP/Getty Images
South African police bar Malema from addressing striking workers at the strife-torn Lonmin platinum mine in Marikana on September 17. In August, 34 workers were killed at the mine after protests turned violent. AFP/Getty Images
Malema arrives at the Gold Fields Driefontein mine in Carletonville, west of Johannesburg on September 11. He has called on workers to strike for five days every month until bosses bow to a 12,500 rand (1,526 US dollar) basic salary demand. AFP/Getty Images