ANC members at Malema case over interference, to ‘follow the money’

2012-09-26 12:02

He supported Julius Malema in court because “it was clear there is political influence,” Mopani District Municipality mayor Joshua Matlou said outside the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court where Malema appeared on a money-laundering charge earlier today.

“If somebody owes SARS he agrees with the taxman on when the bill will be settled. There is no need for somebody to be hauled before the courts,” he added.

In a massive show of support several members of the ANC’s provincial executive committee in Limpopo attended the proceedings.

PEC members present in court included Matlou, a self-confessed Malema ally; influential ANC secretary Soviet Lekganyane; MEC for Economic Development Pinky Kekana; Capricorn District Municipality mayor Lawrence Mapoulo and Cooperative governance MEC Clifford Motsepe.

Motsepe, who is a friend of Malema, has also previously attended meetings organised by the Friends of the Youth League (FYL).

Kekana is the former MEC of the Department of Roads and Transport under whose watch On-Point Engineering, in which Malema is a shareholder through his Ratanang Trust, received a dubious R52-million tender.

Said Lekganyane: “We are here because the government which we lead is being implicated. These allegations are said to have taken place in a government which we lead.

“We take active interest in these developments. We are interested in knowing if the administration we lead is corrupt. All these are allegations which we must take seriously.”

The ANC in the province, he said, was also interested in seeing if the courts would be impartial.

Motsepe also voiced the same sentiments: “I’m trying to follow the money alleged to have been stolen.
I will be irresponsible if I don’t do that. I’m trying to find out who is responsible for stealing from the government that I lead. The government that I’m part of is party to this.”

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