No probe into Malema without proof – Zuma

2010-03-24 12:23

President Jacob Zuma today faced off calls to probe allegations of

tender fraud by ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema, saying he could not do so

until he was given evidence of wrongdoing.

Zuma said he did not know the details surrounding tenders awarded

to companies linked to Malema in Limpopo and would not act on the basis of press


“I don’t have the details of what happened with this tender. Is

what is being alleged true?” he said as opposition MPs, led by Cope youth leader

Anele Mda, demanded action on reports that Malema amassed a wealth of


“Certainly I will act where there is corruption but certainly I

will act with regard to the information before me. I think if there is

information, concrete information on what has happened, I think let it come to

government,” Zuma told the National Assembly during question time.

“I’m not certain that you can follow every story in the newspaper

as government.

“The newspapers don’t say here is this matter, they give the story

for everybody to read. And the story could be put in every direction. Other

people deny the fact.

“Now somebody has to go to the police and say here is the case, I’m

putting the case, deal with it ...If you say ‘president investigate this as a

specific issue’, I’m saying provide information to help us to do so. What is the

difficulty to help us?”

Zuma added that if there was a problem, he was sure the Limpopo

government would “be dealing with it”.

He said the interministerial committee on corruption was looking at

ways to improve the tender process, but added that problems did not stem from

government policy but rather arose from contractors’ failure to comply with the


“It must be noted however that the problem with the tender fraud

does not arise out of lack of transparency but from lack of compliance with

otherwise transparent policies.”

Reports emerged last month that SGL Engineering Projects, which is

co-owned by Malema, raked in at least R140 million in government tenders in

Limpopo in the past two years.

Malema dismissed the reports as “lies” and claimed he resigned from

the company two years ago. He is also under pressure for allegedly failing to

pay tax.

United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa urged Zuma to ask

Malema to produce his tax clearance certificate.

The outspoken ANC youth leader’s lifestyle has come under further

scrutiny since labour federation Cosatu called for lifestyle audits of

politicians and senior government officials who seemed to live beyond their


Zuma rejected the call.

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