Malema: I dare you to prove I’m grabbing state tenders

2011-01-08 07:41

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has vehemently denied that he and his allies are grabbing government tenders.

Addressing young entrepreneurs last night at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Malema poured scorn on allegations that he was using his influence, especially in his home province of Limpopo, to score himself and his associates tenders. He dared anyone to produce proof of wrongdoing on his part.

“We have been investigated by the Public Protector,” he said.

Last year, City Press lifted the lid on how Malema made a fortune out of government tenders by apparently using his influence in Limpopo.

It was reported that one of the companies associated with Malema benefited to the tune of more than R100 million in tenders from the Limpopo government, which is run by a staunch Malema ally, Cassel Mathale.

It was also revealed that bridges built by an engineering company, of which Malema was a director, were washed away because of poor workmanship.

Malema’s companies were said to have been awarded contracts by cash-strapped municipalities in the province, where he is believed to have decisive influence.

Malema said he was being targeted because he and the young lions were pressing forward with the nationalisation of mines.

“When you are in an economic struggle, you must be prepared. You must have a crocodile skin. These whites will never sit back,” he said.

He vowed the league would not let go of its call for economic freedom for the youth and the South African public in general.

“As long as we don’t control the means of production, this freedom is meaningless,” he said.

According to Malema, business by its nature was for the well-connected few, not for the masses.

“You can jump or march, but you cannot change that. Not everyone will be in business. BEE will never be broad,” he said.

The empowerment policy has been slammed for benefiting a select few who are connected to powerful politicians.

President Jacob Zuma has come under fire because BEE has seen his friends and relatives accumulating massive wealth. Zuma has since called for the country’s intellectuals to discuss and debate BEE in its current form.

Malema also used the address to young business people to spring to the defence of Mathale, saying he was the “undisputed king of Limpopo”. He said people must respect, not fear, ANC leadership.

He cautioned ANC members not to undermine the ruling party. “Nobody will ever defeat this organisation. Never be angry with the ANC, but individuals,” he said.

Turning his attention to the media, he called on the young entrepreneurs not to believe everything they saw in the press because it was still controlled by “whites”.

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