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'Sexwale did not give me money'

2012-05-14 16:37

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has denied receiving money from Minister Tokyo Sexwale, but says he would have welcomed such a donation.

"I have not received any money from comrade Tokyo. I wish I had received some money," Malema said in Johannesburg at his first news conference since his expulsion on April 24.

Malema, describing Sexwale as a "suitable" candidate for president, laughed and said: "Even now, it is not late. Even if he has got something to give me."

Dressed in a crisp white dashiki, embroidered in the green, gold and black of the ruling party that kicked him out, and a mini beret, Malema was responding to a report in City Press over the weekend.

According to the report, a company started and partly owned by Sexwale, had paid at least R100 000 into the "Ratanang" Malema family trust as Sexwale "is seriously stepping up a new campaign to become ANC president".

Leadership

"All those who I have supported, even President [Jacob] Zuma, has never given me money," said Malema.

"I know money and I know what money can do. We can't sell the organisation and the views and the aspirations of our masses for R100 000. We can't do that.

"Anyway, Tokyo qualifies to be a president of the Republic of South Africa."

He hastily added: "Any member of the ANC, as long as you pay R12, you qualify to be a president of the ANC... even Floyd," he said, referring to suspended spokesperson Floyd Shivambu, who was sitting next to him.

"He's a former premier [Sexwale]; he's a minister now of human settlements... a mind who commands clarity of issues, so what more do you want from him? He qualifies. It's not like he's stealing any position..."

If Sexwale had given him money, he would not be ashamed, as it would not be blood money from a slush fund.

"But that doesn't mean I support Tokyo or the youth league supports Tokyo. The league has not reflected on who should be the president of the ANC. That time is coming," he said.

Malema would not discuss reports that he owed the SA Revenue Service millions, considering this private, but would say that if Sexwale had not given him money, then it followed that Sexwale had also not paid Sars for him.

Tenders


He denied being part of any corrupt activities or irregular tendering for contracts.

Over the years, media reports have suggested that some tenders in Limpopo are won through association with him, and that he benefits either financially, or that these associations explain some of his assets such as a house in Sandton.

Malema denied being involved in tender rigging or corruption.

"I have never been engaged in any fraudulent activities," he said.

He welcomed any investigation by specialist police unit the Hawks.

"I want to be informed, maybe also be liberated from my own consciousness."

Although the Ratanang trust did not have receipts to prove it, they had helped orphanages, donated uniforms for children, money to athlete Caster Semenya and helped build her a house.

Politically skewed

They paid university fees for some students, and helped bury people whose families could not afford it.

"If you ask for a record of all those things I do not have it. Because I do not put records in my mind, because after helping I do not expect anything. They don't owe me anything."

Malema said when he realised he was about to be expelled from the ANC and lose his income, he got rid of his car, which was financed through a bank on the back of his salary.

"I then said: 'Ehe, take this car. I can't afford [it]. Let me just release...'. So why would this corrupt individual not even have a car," said Malema, adding that he is currently driving a borrowed car.

He maintained that the ANC's disciplinary committee of appeals process was politically skewed against himself and his fellow office bearers.

They would continue talking to leaders in the ANC in the hope of having the expulsion and suspensions changed.

Malema said he still considered himself a member of the ANC, albeit an "expelled member".

Comments
  • Justin - 2012-05-14 16:44

    what a thief!!! you been kicked out now leave quietly please!!!!

      Smili - 2012-05-14 16:54

      Malema. WHEN YOU SHOT THE BOER YOU SHOT YOURSELF IN THE FOOT! It was downhill from there on! I now hope the rest of the ANC follows you! #POWER TO THE DA!

      Morientes - 2012-05-14 17:04

      Once an Idiot, always an Idiot. You can take Malema out of the bush but you can’t take the bush out of Malema!

      Foc - 2012-05-14 17:07

      How shameful is this to BEG so openly for money .... what a disgrace and he has supporters??? go stand on the corner and beg ... get a fake crutch as well!!

      farmfreund - 2012-05-14 17:22

      Nee bass hulle gaan ons vang

      Nigel - 2012-05-14 17:47

      Is that all he has done, build a house for Semenye, gave he some pocket money, paid university fees for some people, who, his friend, oh & gave some clothes to orphanages, hahahahah, this is the CHAMPION OF THE POOR, hahahahahaha, but he foot to mention that he has R 53 Million in the bank (somewhere, hiding) & he is building a R 16 m house in Sandon, sorry Malema, NO RECIEPTS, no proof, you will have to do a little more than that to qualify as the champion of the poor, lol, what a lier!

  • Keith - 2012-05-14 16:46

    4 Blooming articles about this idiot in the past +- 2 hours. Hasn't he been kicked out of the ANC etc etc etc. Should treat him like the fly he is, ignore him and he will go away

      Kolobe - 2012-05-14 17:34

      do not bother reading or commenting on articles about him,you have a choice. #asijiki

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-14 19:43

      Very true Kolobe..

  • Peter-Peter - 2012-05-14 16:48

    I thought now that this **** is expelled, there would be no more new, but its a good couple EVERY SINGLE DAY! GIVE US A BREAK MAN!!!

      Peter-Peter - 2012-05-14 16:51

      The itch just got scratched...and now its turning into a damn rash again??

  • Herman - 2012-05-14 16:51

    Well, everyone wearing the anc badge seems skelm.......

      Poloyatonki - 2012-05-14 19:44

      Well, everyone wearing the DA badge seems to have apartheid mentality.......

  • Themba - 2012-05-14 16:52

    There he goes mumbling incoherently and contradicting himself in the process. Why do we have to be subjected to such a load of idiocy? News24 stop already

  • Arthur - 2012-05-14 16:54

    Don't the accusations, counter accusations, denials, rumours etc just make you sick. Absoulutely nothing is ever straight forward.

  • Kala - 2012-05-14 16:55

    "Malema said he still considered himself a member of the ANC, albeit an "expelled member"." I wonder if he still has to pay R12 for this kind of membership?

  • John Doeslough - 2012-05-14 16:58

    "We can't sell the organisation and the views and the aspirations of our masses for R100 000." - not for R100 000 but how about R1 000 000.....now we talking business

  • Foc - 2012-05-14 17:01

    How shameful is this to BEG so openly for money .... what a disgrace and he has supporters??? go stand on the corner and beg ... get a fake crutch as well!!

  • Roy - 2012-05-14 17:19

    Is South Africans to believe anything that either Tokyo Sexwale or Malema has to say. Tokyo is after the Presidency no matter what he says and after all he did back Malema at one stage. If he,Tokyo lands upon the "throne" we can be certain that Malema will be there too right next to Sexwale.

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-05-14 17:26

    If one needs to know J.Malema,i encourage people to read a book about him \AN INCONVINIENCE YOUTH JULLIUS MALEMA

  • wonder.mnisi1 - 2012-05-14 17:28

    as if ul agree u fat boy.

  • George - 2012-05-14 17:28

    Hee hee, I just took it!

  • Phelamanga - 2012-05-14 17:42

    It is amazing that people respond quite differently to the actual words that were said. Technically, Malema did not receive the money. The Ratanang Trust did, and so did all the money that came from rigged tenders and other activities. One thing that ANC politicos are good at doing is creating a spin on what was actually said to defend themselves and proclaim their innocence. It's just another form of lying.

  • Bless Boswell - 2012-05-14 18:37

    Anyone who has a tax bill of R10 MILLION is begging to be investigated. How does one run up a tax bill of R10m on a R20 000 per month salary?

  • Dave - 2012-05-14 22:41

    Message to SARS, How come you pursue me for R1082, when someone WELL CONNECTED owes R15 MILLION? SARS, Are some pigs are more equal than milk cows?

  • aiazmir - 2012-05-14 22:53

    Oh you gullible. Sexwale and Malema are of the same ilk. That is, milk the masses and create an illusion of entertaining separatism, that enforces the proverb, "divide and rule". They are an entertainment industry that feed drugs, platitudes and corruption that all the while satisfies our Machiavellian attitudes to self-seduce. What does that produce? A subservient group of people who follow. Sheeple.

  • Alf - 2012-05-15 07:21

    Of course Tokyo Sexwale did not give him the money - his company paid the money and in good South African fashion Tokyo did not know about it! His company makes "donations to worthy causes". If Malema is considered a worthy cause, then they are scraping the bottom of the barrel!

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