Malema blames enemies for tender scandal

2010-02-22 13:30

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema today sought to lay blame over the expose of his lavish lifestyle to his political enemies and journalists.

Inside the reception area of ANC headquarters in Luthuli House, Johannesburg, Malema said the sources behind information about his companies doing business in Limpopo were those who were bitter.

He also threw a tirade at City Press journalists describing them as being “poor” and accused them of “taking bribes in brown envelope” – much to the delight of his hangers-on.

City Press exposed on Sunday how Malema’s company received R140 million in contracts which enabled him to buy luxury homes in Sandton, Johannesburg, and Polokwane in Limpopo.

In his defence about being in business and the R140 million in contracts awarded to SGL Engineering Projects, one of his companies, Malema claimed that he had resigned as a director of the company shortly after he was elected the youth leader in April 2008.

He claimed that he instructed his lawyers to remove him as directors from all companies that he was associated with, in order to concentrate on the activities of the youth league.

He could not provide the date when he made such instruction or whether he signed any papers to deregister himself.

However, company records show that Malema’s SGL was first registered as a close-corporation by the Companies and Intellectual Properties Registration Office (Cipro) in May 2008. Another subsidiary of SGL was registered in December last year.

Cornered with these, Malema claimed ignorance and said: “This is new information you are revealing to me. All along I knew I was a director of SGL. If those people (from SGL) registered a company with my name last year, then I will have to take it up with them.”

He further accused Sello Moloto, Limpopo’s former premier, of being behind the leaks to the media about SGL, saying he was bitter “because I removed him from office”.

Malema said Moloto was premier of Limpopo when tenders flowed to SGL. “If these tenders were awarded fraudulently, Moloto should be made to account for those tenders,” he said.

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