Julius jumps the queue

2010-03-06 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — Julius Malema is almost a legal driver again and has paid most of his traffic fines.

The ANC Youth League leader hastily applied for the renewal of his driver’s licence this week after it was reported that it expired in September.

He also paid more than R4 500 in outstanding fines that had accumulated over the past two years.

Only one remains unpaid, a R300 fine from the time he raced through Thabo Mofutsanyana in July 2008 in his luxury C-class Mercedes at a speed of 137 km/h.

Beeld heard that Malema showed up at the Polokwane traffic department on Monday, where Ronnie Makhado, the chief testing official, reportedly personally helped Malema to complete his driver’s licence application.

Asked whether Malema really did renew his licence on Monday, Makhado told Beeld on Thursday: “Yes, I guess he has … I can’t remember because we do licence renewals here every day. I’m currently in a meeting … We would have helped anyone with a renewal if the licence was valid. I don’t want to comment about other people’s personal business.”

According to a witness, Malema was given preferential treatment.

“As far as I could see he didn’t go through the right channels because, you know, people there complain a lot. They sit in the waiting room for hours and then they have to go in for eye tests and fingerprints, while he was helped personally by Mr Makhado.”

In September last year, Rapport newspaper revealed that Malema had failed to pay 14 fines totalling R5 000 since December 2007.

Some of the fines had expired because they remained unpaid for so long.

When a Rapport journalist asked about the fines, Malema said: “I know only revolution, I know nothing about driving a car.

“Let me tell you, my friend, I defeated you and your apartheid regime and I will conquer you again, once and for all!” he said.

Beeld determined that most of the fines were issued against Mercedes Benz C-class cars with the registration numbers XZT876 GP and WVK733 GP. There were also fines for a Hyundai Tucson with the registration number VZW147 GP.

The biggest fine was R1 100 when he was caught driving at 169 km/h on the N1 south at 3.12 pm on September 21, 2008.

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