New charges against Malema
Carien du Plessis and Adriaan Basson
Johannesburg - Police are investigating new charges of corruption, fraud and theft against Julius Malema - this time relating to the "sale" of a plot in 2007.
“friend” of Malema, businessman Matane Mphahlele, has now turned against the
beleaguered ANC Youth League leader, accusing him of stealing a prime piece of
land in Polokwane’s Ster Park suburb.
claims Malema, with the help of his lawyer and municipal officials, illegally
transferred the plot to his [Malema’s] name and subsequently resold it,
pocketing a cool 300% profit.
last week, Mphahlele opened a criminal case against Malema, lawyer Maboku
Mangena, Limpopo housing department head Clifford Motsepe and senior municipal
officials at the Polokwane police office.
spokesperson Lesiba Ramoshaba confirmed that case number 1645/12/2011 was
handed to the police’s commercial crimes unit to investigate.
finances are currently the subject of another criminal probe by the Hawks after
City Press revealed the existence of Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust in July
is fighting claims by Mphahlele that he “grabbed” a plot that was allocated by
the Polokwane Municipality to him in 2006.
said he was allocated land by the municipality on a first-come-first-serve
basis in Ster Park, also known as “Tender Park”.
police statement, Mphahlele says that he was called to the office of PMK Tladi
and Associates, attorneys in Polokwane, on June 28 2006 to sign a power of
attorney for the sale to be registered.
Motsepe and a senior municipal officer were also present at the office when he
signed the document, Mphahlele told City Press this week.
lawyer who had since left PMK Tladi, allegedly told Mphahlele he was the
claims he heard nothing from his lawyer or the municipality after signing the
power of attorney in 2006.
September last year, after receiving a call from a journalist who asked him
about the “sale” of the plot to Malema, did Mphahlele make fresh enquiries.
a municipal file show that the property was registered in Mphahlele’s name on
April 4 2007, but on the same day it was “purportedly transferred” to Malema
for the same purchase amount - R222 300.
records confirm that the property was transferred to Malema on the same day for
the same amount. The next month, on May 29 2007, Malema sold the piece of land
to Pazimo Trading Projects, a closed corporation belonging to businessman Carl
Chabane, for R680 000 – an increase of more than 300% on the purchase price.
admits that he never paid a cent for the land, but claims under oath he never
transferred the property to Malema or agreed for his lawyers to sell the plot.
his lawyer, Mangena, of not informing him that the property had been
transferred into his name and of failing to facilitate the payment of the
didn’t respond to questions this week, but his version of events is captured in
author Fiona Forde’s book, An Inconvenient Youth.
who he described as a friend, didn’t have money to continue the deal, Malema
“And I said
give it to me and he agreed. I went to the municipality and said ‘I’m going to
pay the land for Matane, but it must be a double transfer’.
‘No, this is his site. And it must be like he is paying for the site and then
he can legally transfer it to me’.”
didn’t explain why, if Mphahlele ran out of funds, the land didn’t go back to
the municipality and was offered to the next person on the waiting list.
At the time
he was provincial secretary of the ANCYL and a rising star in the ruling party.
Forde he took out a loan from Standard Bank to buy the plot, but wouldn’t say
how much profit he made by selling the land.
He did tell
her that he used the profit to put down a deposit on a R1 million house in
Flora Park, Polokwane. Mphahlele denied not having money to pay for the stand
and said he brought the charges “because it is in the public interest with all
the corruption going on in government”.
was embroiled in a scandal in 2010 when it was reported he “hijacked” a company
that benefited from the Gautrain contract.
currently suing Trade Minister Rob Davies, whose department made the claims,