Malema pals benefit from R1.7bn tender

2012-10-26 08:13
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Johannesburg - Former ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is accused of rigging a R1.7bn school feeding programme in Limpopo to favour people close to him.

He allegedly presented a list of people - including two of his cousins, his part-time bodyguard and his former driver - that he wanted to receive a cut of the money, the Mail & Guardian revealed on Friday.

The newspaper said five sources had independently told reporters how Malema had given the provincial education minister a list of favoured service providers for tenders providing school meals in Limpopo.

Tender details were then manipulated so that the people on the list could become beneficiaries. 

The seven school contracts were worth a combined R40m over two years.

Malema this week denied sending any list to the department and called for people to provide proof.  

Responding to the fact that people close to him had won big contracts, Malema said people shouldn’t be condemned for knowing him.

"I've always told them: 'Never be afraid to do business with government, but also never expect any favours from me.' They have a right to be economically active, but they must all comply with the law and if not then they must be charged."

The provincial education minister’s office also denied receiving any list or manipulating tenders. 
          

 
Read more on:    ancyl  |  julius malema  |  polokwane  |  corruption  |  politics  |  tenders
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