Hawks confirm Malema probe

2011-10-31 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela confirmed yesterday that an investigation is being conducted into the business affairs of ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

He said the probe has been under way since the beginning of the year.

He declined to comment on the probe, saying the Hawks do not give status reports.

The Sunday Independent yesterday reported the Hawks have proof that Malema has committed tender fraud.

The newspaper wrote that it is not a question of if, but when, Malema will be taken to court. Polela declined to comment on this assertion.

The weekly quoted Polela as saying the Hawks have “enough to tell us that we need to do a full investigation because there is a lot that tells that we have reason to worry”.

The Hawks’ investigation is looking at Malema’s Ratanang Trust, among others. The trust, which is named after Malema’s son, was registered a week after he was elected ANCYL president in 2008.

It allegedly facilitates payments of bribes to Malema and his friends to get tenders in Limpopo province.

The paperquoted Hawks officials as saying they have SMSes of requests for money, with payments “amounting to millions” happening the next day.

“Malema has made a lot of enemies and most of them are willing to talk,” the Independent quoted the unnamed officials as saying.

Beeld learned yesterday that the Asset Forfeiture Unit (AFU) of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has also been approached to assist the Hawks in their probe. But NPA spokesperson advocate Mthunzi Mhaga yesterday denied any investigation of Malema by the authority, saying that as far as he is aware neither the NPA nor the AFU is investigating Malema.

Malema was not available for comment, as he had accepted an all-expenses-paid invitation to the R10 million wedding of his long-time friend, the Limpopo-based property developer David Mabilu, at the five-star Long Beach Resort on Mauritius, where rooms start at over R4 000 a night.

Meanwhile, Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wrote in the ANC’s weekly newsletter that the movement does not have place for “armchair revolutionaries” — a statement seen as referring to Malema.

He said people in the alliance must behave like true revolutionaries whose aim is to make the world a better place. He said there are no instant solutions to improve South Africa.

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