Speed: did Malema abuse cops?

2009-11-03 00:00

NO investigation will be ordered to determine whether or not ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema employed political interference to deter Limpopo traffic officers.

Limpopo Roads and Transport Department head Ntau Letebele yesterday denied that senior state officials helped Malema, or that he was involved himself.

“It never happened, so why would you want to conduct a disciplinary investigation?” he said.

City Press reported on Sunday that Malema allegedly phoned Transport MEC Pinky Kekana on October 14, when traffic officers stopped him in Seshego outside Polokwane.

Malema was pulled over because he allegedly exceeded the speed limit.

According to traffic officers at the scene, Malema’s driver stopped in the middle of the road and Malema and other passengers climbed out of the car and verbally abused the traffic officers.

“Who do you think you are? Do you not realise that I am Julius, president of the youth league?” Malema apparently asked the officers, according to City Press.

Malema apparently phoned ANC leaders and government officials to “discipline” the traffic officers.

It is believed that Kekana contacted Letebele after Malema’s phone call. According to City Press, Letebele ordered Limpopo’s general manager of traffic, Walter Sathekge, to go to the scene.

At the scene, Sathekge asked the traffic officers to explain what had happened. They were allegedly ordered the next day to hand in a written report on the incident.

According to the department, no record of the incident exists. The nine officers involved now apparently fear that they will be prosecuted.

In the mean time, Beeld established that Malema is yet to settle 15 outstanding traffic fines. The first traffic offence happened on March 21, 2007, while on September 6 he received two traffic fines.

Beeld has it from a reliable source that Malema owes R5 050 in outstanding traffic fines.

ANCYL spokesman Floyd Shivambu denied yesterday that Malema ever contacted any political figures or that traffic officers pulled him over.

“It’s nonsense. Can I please ask you not to phone me with regard to this simple matter. You are abusing my telephone.”

• Sapa reports that the Equality Court yesterday postponed the final arguments in the hate speech complaint against Malema, because his legal team did not file papers containing his final arguments on time.

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