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Limpopo ANC claims Malema charges political

2012-09-25 21:16

Johannesburg - The charges of fraud and corruption against axed ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema are politically motivated, the Limpopo ANC said on Tuesday.

"The PEC [provincial executive committee] unanimously agreed that these state actions against the young man are not backed by a genuine case to fight against corruption and fraud, as has been broadly alleged," spokesperson Makondelele Mathivha said in a statement.

"[It is backed] by a repressive political intent to erode hard-won rights of citizens to gather, express themselves, associate with other persons or groupings, affiliate to organisations of their own choosing; generally, the right to freedom of association, speech and so on."

Mathivha said the PEC understood that the allegations against Malema would have an indirect impact on "sections" of provincial government.

"A decision was thus taken that PEC members will attend the court proceedings tomorrow [Wednesday]," he said.

"The PEC is adamant that even if the individual involved was not comrade Julius Malema, members of the PEC would still have gone to court to observe the unfolding proceedings for themselves."

The PEC was calling on government to uphold citizens' rights to a fair trial ahead of Malema's court appearance.

Malema was due to appear in the Polokwane District Court on Wednesday morning.

He faces a charge of fraud and money-laundering relating to an On-Point Engineers tender.

Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was one of two shareholders in On-Point.

According to a weekend report Public Protector Thuli Madonsela found that Malema made millions from the R52m tender.

Though Madonsela could not find any evidence that he interfered in the tender process, she found that he benefited "improperly" from the contract.

Her investigation found that On-Point acted corruptly by signing back-to-back agreements with subcontractors, the newspaper reported.

Madonsela recommended that the tender be immediately cancelled, that the National Prosecuting Authority and the Asset Forfeiture Unit consider criminal action, and that the Master of the High Court investigate the flow of money into Malema's trust.

Four of Malema's business associates appeared in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

They were granted bail of R40 000 each.

Comments
  • thando.ramncwana - 2012-09-25 21:33

    Would the Limpopo ANC really say anything against its prodigal child?? He siphoned off millions under their watch......the Limpopo PEC is a direct benefit to Malema's money laundering.

      gordon.turner.37 - 2012-09-25 21:50

      Not under their watch, under their direction and with their blessing. The rot goes all the way to the head in Limpopo. There is no shame in the place they still burn old ladies as witches and run schools and universities as piggy banks.

  • lsfreak - 2012-09-25 21:33

    Wait this all looks very familiar didn't this all happen like a few yrs ago when we got a stand in pres then the Boogie Man himself... Funny how history repeats itself. Only difference is it's only a few million this time not billions :D

  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-09-25 21:43

    Where is Marikana miners to save you juju they dnt even care about you shame, This is hard evidence againts you,SARS,THULI AND HAWKS,please sars nextweek attach those properties

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-09-25 21:48

    ANC's Limpopo....? Whhaaa,,hahahaaaaaaac! choke what a joke, The ANC does not own Limpopo, the Limpopo belongs to Mugabe.

  • GOD4SA - 2012-09-25 22:59

    God In Control+Let us focus on prayer to God to Protect our President, Jacob Zumu. No President can control the behaviour of a countries citizens. Together we stand, holding hands around The Cross for our Country South Africa. Let us pray for peace and the understanding of all nations! Let us teach our children and grandchildren to touch all we lay our hands on, with love and understanding. I am proud to say I am an Afrikaner who empower all I lay my hands on, and ensure that I mentor from little children to adults to climb the ladder to success.

  • moses.m.masilela - 2012-09-25 23:15

    I'm in support of Malema, it's too late to turn my back against him! juju rise!

      jock.black.50 - 2012-09-25 23:27

      The role models you choose says something about your character, birds of a feather flock together.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-09-26 06:12

      You mean he's already paid you off, Mosesm masilela ?

  • irvin.mkhari - 2012-09-26 01:54

    it is clear that is political motivated,why invistigate him now? all those years they did not thing of invistigating him but decided to do it in 2012.nonsense.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-26 05:38

    Quite right, fraud and corruption is what African politics is all about. Just don't get on the wrong side cause then you will have big trouble. If Zille stole an apple the whole tripartheid alliance would march, sing songs, toytoy, riot etc. Juju just stupidly burnt his bridges. He thought this was his time, its not his time and his impatience has cost him dearly. His political immaturity and greed have let him down. Shame.

  • johnny.matsetse - 2012-09-26 05:40

    I canot B supprised by this bunch of corrupt leaders .U look at the 5 departments being administered by the National government that indeed the ANC led province is Failing the People of Limpopo

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-26 06:32

    Why am I not surprised the PEC is defending one of their own. The entire PEC is most probably made up of a gang of thieves who should be hauled over the coals alongside Juliarse Malema.

  • johnlesiba.ngwako - 2012-09-26 06:45

    Viva juju

  • joe.ndlovu.16 - 2012-09-26 06:54

    The truth is 99,99% of ministers are corrupt.what suprised me a lot is when Malema was singing umshini wami the song of Zuma they were not bothering to investigate him but now just because he is against Zuma he is a criminal hahahahaha shame for u ANC.

      nicky.saaiman.1 - 2012-09-26 07:03

      Think you are very close with your 99.99.

  • charles.kubhayi.9 - 2012-09-26 07:04

    It is bad politicking if you cannot take corruption as it is if done by your friend. This indicates that Limpopo leadership is not matured to lead the province but matured to deprive the people of the province their right to live a better life.

  • Nkuna Andries - 2012-09-26 07:19

    Its disapointin 2 c how so called ANC in Limpopo bein concern about Malema. Limpopo children went 2 school 4 a long period without books 2 study u were not concern at all.You have shown ur stupid mentality by ignorin n destroyin de future of all children in Limpopo.Lets face de truth u r all hungry 4 money.Plz focus on de important crisis Malena is a wild fire which destroying de eden of Africa.

  • jomardl - 2012-09-26 09:08

    In other words: oh no, we're as dirty as he is and it's all going to come out in court!

  • ntombomzi.speelman - 2012-09-26 10:44

    THANKS GOD WE HAVE SOBER MINDED PEOPLE LIKE BANI PITYANA MAY GOD BLESS N KEEP U TO GIVE GUIDANCE TO OUR LEADERS NOT POWER MONGERS LIKE ZUMA WHO TURNED OUT TO BE A DEVIL ON EARTH.

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