Work with investigators, young Reds urge Juju

2011-08-25 00:00

ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema must co-operate with the Hawks, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the South African Revenue Services investigators to remove the cloud of corruption allegations hanging over his name, the Young Communist League in KZN said in Durban yesterday.

This follows confirmation from Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela and Madonsela that they are investigating Malema after allegations that he has been using a family trust fund to solicit bribes from Limpopo companies he had helped to obtain government tenders.

The YCL’s organising secretary, Mlondolozi Mkhize, told a press conference that the investigation gives Malema, who has claimed innocence, an opportunity to clear his name.

“Malema previously said he was innocent and that, should investigators find millions of rands in his account, the money should be confiscated and be given to the poor people. He must now co-operate with investigators to clear his name,” Mkhize said.

The YCL said the scheduled disciplinary hearing of ANCYL leaders next week will help reinforce discipline within the ruling party, showing that all its members are subject to the code of conduct of the organisation.

The YCL described the “Amigos case”, involving Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu and KZN Legislature speaker Peggy Nkonyeni, as “an apartheid trial” that intends to “stigmatise” certain leaders.

The case relates to the payment of R1 million by controversial South American businessman Gaston Savoi to the ANC in exchange for a government tender.

Mkhize said the YCL believes “there is a third hand behind this political trial … We thought the lessons were learnt through the Jacob Zuma political trial.”

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