Juju goes to ground as lawyer tries to clear him

2010-03-02 14:13

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema is prepared to hire a

handwriting expert to prove that his signature contained in company registration

papers was forged, his lawyer said today.


Malema was visibly absent when his Polokwane-based lawyer Tumi

Mokoena and the league’s spin doctor, Floyd Shivambu, addressed the media at

Luthuli House in central Johannesburg.


Mokoena said his client will, once an investigation is finalised,

decide on whether to lay criminal charges or not.


Malema claimed, during a rally in KwaZulu-Natal on Sunday that City

Press journalists forged his signature following an expose which showed that the

youth leader – despite his denials – was a 70% shareholder and director of SGL

Engineering Projects.


The company has in the last three years won tenders worth R140

million in Limpopo’s municipalities. Some of the projects completed by the

company, including bridges and roads, crumbled shortly after construction.


Mokoena said: “Mr Malema says it is not his signature that appears

in the said document…What has to happen is to investigate and check the

signature and that is the extent to which we will take the matter.”


Part of the verification process will include getting a handwriting

expert to prove that the signature was forged.


“When we find out that the signature has been forged we will then

take (the matter) to legal authorities or the police.”


Mokoena also cast doubts on the authenticity of the company

registration documents which City Press handed to him during the press

briefing.


Since Malema’s business dealings came into the public domain, the

ANCYL has been embroiled in a protracted campaign to protect its leader, which

saw it attacking the SA Revenue Service and alleging incompetence within the

Company and Intellectual Properties Registration Office (Cipro).


The league also sees the revelations as a smear campaign against

its leader in the run up to the ANC elective conference in 2012.

 

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