Fraud case over Malema's trust

2012-09-22 00:00

A WARRANT for the arrest of former ANCYL president Julius Malema, sworn enemy of President Jacob Zuma, has been issued and will be served next week.

Sister paper Beeld has reliably learned that Malema will be charged with fraud in connection with his Ratanang family trust and his interests in an engineering company, On-Point, which has received tenders from the Limpopo government.

Rumours were rife yesterday that it was Malema’s reported problems with the taxman that had caught up with him, but the SA Revenue Service denied this last night.

Earlier this week, Malema said he would appear in court if charged.

Nicqui Galaktiou, Malema’s lawyer, confirmed, in response to a query by Beeld, that a warrant of arrest had been issued.

According to Galaktiou, Malema will probably not be arrested and her law firm, Brian Kahn Attorneys, is in touch with the relevant authorities to arrange a court date for next week in Polokwane.

Galaktiou added that neither she nor Malema had yet seen the warrant, and she had no idea what Malema was being charged with.

Neither Malema nor his colleague, self-declared “economic freedom fighter” Floyd Shivambu, answered their cellphones yesterday.

Hawks spokesperson Colonel McIntosh Polela said they would not comment on the issuing of any warrant, whether against Malema or anyone else.

DA spokesperson on policing Dianne Kohler Barnard welcomed news of the warrant.

She said Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s report on an investigation into Malema’s alleged flouting of tender regulations, requested by the DA, is also almost ready.

The investigation focused on the Ratanang family trust, among other issues.

Civil rights organisation AfriForum also welcomed the news.

The head of the group, Kallie Kriel, said it sent a clear message that no one was above the law and Malema had erred in thinking himself untouchable.

Meanwhile, the Mail & Guardian reported yesterday that the University of Limpopo recently awarded big tenders to the companies of two Malema supporters, Mandla Seopela and Collins Foromo.

University spokesperson Kgalema Mohuba confirmed the award of the tenders, but said the businessmen’s political connections had nothing to do with them.

He said the correct procedures were followed and the tenders were approved by the university’s tender committee.

Gwebs Qonde, director-general of the Higher Education Department, said the government has taken note of the allegations, but would not intervene unless there had been a specific violation of the Higher Education Act.

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