Builders suspend work on house after Malema ‘fails to pay’

2012-04-13 00:00

SILENCE reigns at Julius Malema’s half-built mansion in Sandton these days.

It is understood that work was suspended about a week ago because the suspended ANC Youth League leader is thousands of rands behind on payments to his builders.

Malema allegedly neglected to pay a bill of R400 000 to Kwandisa Construction at the end of last month, after which the company moved its workers to another site and stopped work on Malema’s property.

Information given to sister paper Beeld indicated that Malema made a payment out of one bank account and another payment from a different account.

The second payment did not go through.

The SA Revenue Service (SARS) has also reportedly approached Kwandisa for information about Malema’s finances.

Kwandisa owner Frederico de Gregorio confirmed yesterday that work had been “temporarily interrupted”, but declined to confirm the amount owed or rumours that Malema’s account is in arrears, saying it is a private matter between the company and Malema.

Malema’s spokesperson Floyd Shivambu put the phone down on a reporter, and failed to respond to SMSes and further calls.

Advocate Dali Mpofu, who is representing Malema in his disciplinary hearing with the ANC, declined to comment, saying he does not even know where the house is.

Yesterday, the site was deserted, apart from a guard living in a little hut.

Neighbours who did not want to be named said Malema is seldom seen at the property. Some said the interior is “like a palace”.

Malema has recently paid for renovations to his grandmother’s house in Limpopo.

He bought the Sandton property in September 2009, for a sum reported by the Sunday Times to be R3,6 million, and demolished the house already on the plot.

The house now being built is three storeys high with underground parking.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela confirmed yesterday that the unit is still investigating Malema’s finances.

This probe, and a separate one by the public protector, was launched last year following complaints of corruption and tender fraud.

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