Police stretched barbed wire around the high court, sitting in Polokwane where Malema was due to appear this morning.
There is one police nyala next to the court. Malema has not yet arrived at the court. The trial is set to run for six weeks.
Malema, On-Point Engineers directors Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagiso Dichabe and the two companies, On-Point Engineers and Gwama Properties, are facing charges of racketeering and 52 other counts, including fraud.
In March last year, corruption charges against Malema’s business associates-Selby Manthatha, his wife Helen Moreroa and his brother Makgetsi Manthata-were dropped.
The two brothers and Moreroa were initially charged with Malema, Gwangwa and Dichabe in September 2012. They were accused of misrepresenting themselves to the Limpopo roads and transport department, leading to a R52 million contract being awarded to On-Point Engineers.
It is alleged in court papers Malema had business ties with Gwangwa and Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust was an indirect shareholder in On-Point.
The state alleges Malema used part of the tender payment to On-Point to buy a farm and Mercedes-Benz.
If Malema is convicted, he could face serious jail term.