ANC: Malema mustn't water down charges

2012-09-26 16:06

Johannesburg -  - The ANC has called on its "expelled member" Julius Malema not to “water down” the seriousness of his charges by claiming political interference in his court case.

ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu released a statement barely an hour after Malema told supporters outside court his charge of money laundering was “not so serious”.

But the Hawks earlier said money laundering was a serious offence carrying a sentence of 15 years.

Mthembu said anybody that suggests the abuse of state powers is trying to water down the implications inherent in the charges and prejudging the case.

He said Malema has "a right to defence" but his charges “will be tested in the court of law given their competency”.

Mthembu said the ANC wanted to state it "categorically" that neither the party nor President Jacob Zuma or any other leaders had a "role in the charges".

He said: "The charges have been preferred by competent institutions that derive from our Constitution. As the ANC we want to put it on record that we have confidence in our state institutions to discharge their duties without any political motive."

He called on all those who claimed to have evidence of the abuse of state power or law enforcement agencies to submit the evidence as part of Malema's defence.

This came after the ANC’s Limpopo leadership and the ANC Youth League in statements this week claimed that Zuma and ministers from his security clusters were behind the charges.

Malema also this morning said the charges were brought as a "publicity stunt" to stop him.

"We want to appeal to our structures and to all South Africans to refrain from using inflammatory and unsubstantiated accusations against the ANC and the government agencies," Mthembu said.

He said it would be a "fundamental insult to our law enforcement agencies including our courts who are totally independent of government to be accused of being political pawns in the hands of politicians".

If there was state abuse, "the outcome of any case before the court will prove so", he said.

Mthembu said the matter, which is currently before court, should not be prejudiced by making pronouncements outside it.

"The ANC believes that there is no one above the law and that the fight against crime and corruption must be intensified without fear or favour," he said.

"Let's allow the law to take its course and presume everyone appearing before the courts innocent until proven guilty."

Malema was released on R10 000 bail in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court this morning, and is due to appear again on 30 November.

  • enock.metswamere - 2012-09-26 15:20

    Mr Mthembu is best served, keeping mum on the matter that his party has got no business with or " do they have anything to do with the case"

      thabang.bonang.7 - 2012-09-26 16:29

      I agree Enock. I am on a replace name game and it makes sense somehow. " The ANC has called on its "expelled member by Thabo Mbeki" Jacob Zuma not to “water down” the seriousness of his charges by claiming political interference in his court case. Does this sound familiar now? Maybe some 6 years back now?

  • jeremy.thewasp - 2012-09-26 16:10

    Dear Anc Palookas You created this fat monster of a idiot called Slugboy Now it's biting you in the ass big time Sorry for yooo

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-26 16:21

      look what bin laden,who was a fabrication of the United States,done to them!

      christelle.james.7 - 2012-09-26 16:53

      Darren, you have no idea what you are talking about - Bin Laden was not a fabrication of the US

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-26 17:37

      @christelle before you attack me go look at some facts.bin laden was trained as a terrorist in the united states for their own purposes.he received special traning in that country for use by the american government,and it came back and bit them in the arse.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-26 17:46

      and again! but its ok,apology accepted.

  • sean.bezuidenhout - 2012-09-26 16:14

    I am somewhat surprised after all these investigations that all they could find against Malema is a Money Laundering Charge. If you owe the Tax man 16 Million do the sums what would you have had to earn?

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-26 16:22

      cool name! lol

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-26 16:29

      People seemed to forget that he already has a judgement against him for his tax affairs that was not in order. He must pay R16m or he stand to lose some if not all of his properties.

      stirer.kathray - 2012-09-26 18:12

      Watch this space Sloppy,,,,, there's more to come. Hawks got their case, Taxman got his case, and others have got theirs. this is just the tip of the crapheap. If tubby Malema wants to know who is causing all his problems, he should take a quick peek in a mirror.

      croix.mactee - 2012-09-26 18:14

      Deon, already a judgement for failing to pay tax - then the next step should be 'jail-time' (like all other tax paying citizens).

  • Madhi - 2012-09-26 16:17

    The is a problem of credibility sir. The scorpions were disbanded for alleged political interference and there were calls from your office for a political solution to a legal problem concerning the president. So forgive us if we hear you but we don't understand you.

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-09-26 17:54

      "The ANC believes that there is no one above the law and that the fight against crime and corruption must be intensified without fear or favour" Every single word in that statement is a big fat lie. What happens to people who try to bring ANC bigwigs to justice? Ask Glynnis Breytenbach, Vusi Pikoli and Gerrie Nel, they can tell the truth. Look what happened to them...

  • damonsb - 2012-09-26 16:19

    Eish...i have a feeling that this isn`t gonna play well at the end

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-26 16:19

    JM has cheesed off the Ruling Party and The President with his media interviews, one cannot fight the ANC so eventually it's GOODBYE JUJU.

      arthur.salvado - 2012-09-26 16:22

      I think you've got it wrong. Ju Ju has mote power than you give him credit for ...unfortunately . Watch this space ....unfortunately

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-09-26 16:20

    Hey guys, I'm no fan of big mouth fat boy BUT before you lock him up as you must, there are hundred other government officials who ate guilty of greater outright THEFT. I'd like to see the hawks prosecute all the other exposed thieves with the same expediency as hey have "fat boy". At least fat boy is out on bail which gives him time to get rid of uneducated Zuma . Thereafter, lock him up and throw the keys away ........... But that will never happen. Fat boy will walk free because the ANC is scared of him. This is only because Zuma is so unpopular and has no credibility with the black population. Let's no bring the minority whiteys into the equation and therefor this is not about race.

  • fussed.anderson - 2012-09-26 16:26

    As the ANC we want to put it on record that we have confidence in our state institutions to discharge their duties without any political motive." EAT THOSE WORDS YOU F@#^KER

  • Michael - 2012-09-26 16:32

    ANC and JZ did not open Ratanang Trust Account.

      esrom.sandy - 2012-09-26 17:27

      U r ryt mike dis idiots r now shifting de blame ngesikhathi bedla intela yethu where waz jz

  • kenneth.hlatshwayo - 2012-09-26 16:34

    Shut up Jackson mthembu. The same Zuma who sent u to speak on his behalf is the most corrupt citizen in the country. He must step down to face up to his schedule 5 charges(corruption).

      michael.b.lucas - 2012-09-26 16:52

      Wtf r u talkin about! Who the hell cares who is saying this message if its the ramble on about economic freedom..must the poor from Limpopo who got scammed shut up too? If that province wasnt in such a bad financial state Juju and his pals would not be in the position they in. Or is all the tender fraud in Limpopo a conspiracy too? juju and all your supporters dont insult SA's intelegence!

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-26 16:35


  • loyiso.mgebisa - 2012-09-26 16:35

    Why don't they just frame Juju for rape and lock him up for ever!

      lesedi.mokabane - 2012-09-26 18:17

      Only satanist can think of that

  • fort.horseman.7 - 2012-09-26 16:38

    As a South African,it is not a nice picture to see playing out.Theres too much positives and priorities to focus on then to be wasting time and energy on ,insecurity and power struggles.

  • radzilani.laradz - 2012-09-26 16:38

    Too damn tired of this Anc,most of its members are addicted to criminal activities.

      johannes.p.bezuidenhout1 - 2012-09-26 17:17

      You are so correct. There are romours that a Prominent leader in The Anc are pocketing half of the R12 500 the Lonmin workers struggeled for. A bunch of thieves!!!

  • morwawaga.selebi - 2012-09-26 16:40

    who must replace zuma? Kgalame is de weakest link, Tokyo

      Thabang - 2012-09-26 17:42

      To some extend I agree with you. But how about Jackie Selebi for president?

      james.hurley.5249 - 2012-09-26 19:59

      I vote felicia mabuza suttle

      Thabang - 2012-09-26 21:04

      My next candidate after Jackie Selebi will be Evita Bezuidenhout.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-09-26 16:43

    "We want to appeal to our structures and to all South Africans to refrain from using inflammatory and unsubstantiated accusations against the ANC and the government agencies," - Or what??

  • mpumelelo.mgwigwi - 2012-09-26 16:47

    Really Mhtembu so they must start whith your boss Zuma I know you were somewhere asked Mantashe or even the lost son Julias by then he wanted to kill for Zuma,Mbeki and his people were the problem I hope you are sober but you prove to me that ulinxila elikhuluma nje under the influence of Chivaz

      mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-26 17:02

      gigaba said mThembu drinks cheap wisky so i dnt think it can be Chivaz

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-09-26 16:48

    Where there is smoke there's fire, why would this be raised even before he (Malema) would defend himself! Even if he's found guilty we as South Africans already know that he isn't the first and the last in the gravy train!

      james.hurley.5249 - 2012-09-26 19:59

      Malema built the gravy-train tracks through a government tender

  • morwawaga.selebi - 2012-09-26 16:50

    The ANCYL wants Kgalema 2b president knowin he's 2 weak

      mphela.kelatu - 2012-09-26 16:52

      dn whos got ball's ??????? Zuuuum

      mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-09-26 17:19

      I only recognize him on condolence speeches

      Thabang - 2012-09-26 17:49

      I started appreciating Kgalema when He rebuked the ANC members at the Polokwane conference for being ill disciplined whilst some members and leaders sang "umshini wami". Also liked His rebuke of ANC members that were wearing "Kgalema for president T-Shirts at some Limpopo rally. By the way Kgalema means "the rebuker" :-)

      pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-09-26 18:33

      At least he does not steal from you and your mother and the rest of your extended family ...

  • morwawaga.selebi - 2012-09-26 16:56

    Mr malema, i believed u when u said ZUMA's charges were politicaly motivated, then did u lie or u just want us follow what u want

  • sugardick.dupree - 2012-09-26 17:22

    Ohh Jackson, why shouldnt he "water down the charges"?? You expect Malema to go down without a fight?! You want to silence him?? Is it becoz you know he will sing like a Sowetan choir and take other corrupt leaders like you down with him??? Jackson, i know you have a financial skeleton up in your closet..IT MUST COME OUT! You are all going down. Jackasses! Julius, keep talking my dear.

  • siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-26 17:25

    Mr jackson Mthembu has a trust in our judiciary that it won't be politically influenced. Huh! How noble! Really, sir? Either you suffer from selective amnesia or you have been hiding under the rock since the road to Polokwane 2007 or you suffer from delusion of the worst proportion. Let me be generous, sir, and refresh your mind. Adv. Mokotedi Msphe plagiarised the Japanese judgment to quash corruption charges against your comrade President. As if that was not worst, the judgment concerned was earlier on overturned by a Superior Court in Japan. In legal language you don't use an overturned judgment instead you use a superior court judgment. It is called judicial precedent. Now tell us where are the \tapes\ that the DA requested and even went to court for? Another selective amnesia of course. You are the weakest link. Good bye!

      vasa.sana - 2012-09-26 18:28

      @Jamba. If you look very closely this is an ANC not a Zuma administration. Has there been any shift in fundamental government policy since Mandela took office? The answer is NO. Same policies with Mandela, same with Mbeki and exactly the same policies with JZ. Different head leading the government but exactly the same policies!

  • roth.eugen - 2012-09-26 17:29

    When is Winnie coming to her little boy JuJu's rescue. She knows exactly how to get away with 'murder'.

  • oamis.lacadariedlac - 2012-09-26 17:34

    I see certain foreign media have been referring to Malema as KIDDY appropiate. Idi Amin was also an uneducated buffoon who brought about misery to his people by attacking a neighbouring country, then was exiled to enjoy the millions he had stolen from his people.

      pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-09-26 17:59

      Just saw your comment after I posted something about Idi Amin below - you are so right - our own Idi(ot) Amin should be called Kidi Amin from now on.

  • pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-09-26 17:56

    Our own wanna-be Idi Amin had it coming a long time ...

  • John Peter Steyn - 2012-09-26 17:57

    I wonder how all of Juju's worshippers will deal with it when he goes into lockdown. Pappa wag vir jou!

      mark.schulz.796 - 2012-09-26 18:02

      Oh, Juju will be ok; his little prison b!tch Jub Jub will be waiting for him.

      pierre.nortje.581 - 2012-09-26 18:28

      Stuur hom Boland toe. Jou ma-se-tanne manne gaan sy gat in ons tronke hieronder vir hom uitbrand.

      tate.morele - 2012-09-26 21:00

      you whites rooineks why are you so racist ? you hate Malema because he is telling the truth.

      frank.thetank.35513 - 2012-09-27 00:04

      tate.morele, and calling Whites "whites rooinecks" is not racist? Wake the f.up idiot. What are you calling Black People that disagree with you?

  • Tlou.debele - 2012-09-26 18:00

    Jackson u right bt dnt 4get 2 remind da nation and da hawks abt zuma's (president) pending cases nt case .........u r watching u ppl.\whose fooling who here\

  • mshiniboys - 2012-09-26 18:06

    but malema did not mention the anc in his statement...why do they make statements are they not supposed to 'let the law take its course'

  • B.b. - 2012-09-26 18:08

    If people think our judicial system is somehow under the influence of politics, why do they always run to it for help if they are having problems? I'm missing something here. Bla bla bla bla bla bla for nothing,,,,

  • zimzon.zimzon - 2012-09-26 18:13

    Leave Juju alone please, he is single handedly destroying the ANC and the unions, well done my boy!

      ariba.jub - 2012-09-26 21:45

      The young man is on fire save him,arrogance doesnt help especially after crossing lines with the ANC I have a feeling he is already on the firing line.

  • joyce.beeton - 2012-09-26 18:19

    Agree with PeggySven - the ANC has definitely lost its way and is not the ANC that was led by Nelson Mandela. They have brought shame on this gentle man and have done nothing they can be proud of ever since they appointed President Zuma to lead them. With the right leader this country could flourish, however it is slowly being destroyed by the self-righteous and self-serving ruling party.

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-09-26 18:27

    This is just the START of charges isn't it, against Malema? Besides money laundering....isn't there still SARS, because of tax evasion,as well as stirring up the miners, thereby being responsible for causing further disruption.....ALL I know... THIS IDIOT IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO SOUTH AFRICA...ON A PAR WITH APARTHEID....because although his followers will disagree with this Apartheid....Malema has only his own interests at heart, and proof of this will only be shown (if ever he becomes President) then it will be to late, and the hope of the people will be they see how Malema used them to get to become the next African country to be ruled under a Dictatorship.

  • wenzeslaus.majola - 2012-09-26 18:44

    Reading the article on Mr Jackson and subsequent comments from readers confirms my worst fears - the bloodiest civil war the world has ever seen. South Africa is house dangerously divided against itself. The bottom line is that Africans and white South Africans are at one another's throats and at any slight opportunity they engage in a war of words and this has a potential of the 1949 'coons killing the coolies'. What I hear Mthembu saying is that state organs have their role to play and anyone having a problem with this needs to come up proof of them being compromised. Bringing in corruption charges against President Zuma and what subsequently happened to these is a cheap diversion from the case in question and so are claims of a dysfunctional ANC-led government which, to me, are nothing but a cover for some white people's wishful thinking of yet another white ruled SA. People of Mzansi stop hating yourselves so much and accept one another as having good and bad in them as in the song Ebony and Ivory.

  • thabo.modiba.7 - 2012-09-26 19:06

    \fundamental insult to our law enforcement agencies including our courts who are totally independent of government to be accused of being political pawns in the hands of politicians\, B-S-. The court ordered the NPA to handover Zuma tapes. Why so much delay ?

  • renier.lubbe.7 - 2012-09-26 19:21

    He is not not only watering down the charges he is deliberately lying to his followers in order to retain their support.

  • james.hurley.5249 - 2012-09-26 20:01

    Well one thing everyone knows that Malema isn't watering down is his Jack Daniels or his Johnny Walker.

  • tate.morele - 2012-09-26 20:54

    give jackson some carling black label

      siphom.mnguni - 2012-09-27 03:23

      Oh! I love this one. And give him some cheap Bell's if what they say was said by Mr Malusi Gigaba is true that he likes cheap whiskey. Poor Michael Jackson, sorry, hick, Jackson Mthembu doing cheap moon walking!

  • siphiwom - 2012-09-27 00:51

    Mr Mthembu we are not blind or any of your executive can do so, state organs are being used in this case, you know and i know. Same old tactics that former President Mbeki was alleged to be doing, even Mr Mswe drop the charges against the JZ on the bases of political conspiracy without giving him a chance in the court of law to prove himself.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-09-27 07:36

    How do explain d money 2 renovate Spears house and the 55million given to Zwelithini you Drunkard politician.

  • george.aschendorf1 - 2012-09-27 08:24

    Jackson Mthembu is telling the truth Malema is just a man like any other man.even Jackie Selebe and Shaik went to Jail who the hell does he think he is.He is the devil hiding in sheep skeen. All the time he he had is watch on but yesterday where was that watch. He think we are fools AJAIL JAIL JAIL JAIL JAIL JAIL FOR MALEME VIVI ANC VIVA ZUM VIVA

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-27 10:04

    What alot of devious twerps these ANC people are?. Deny and lie that sums it up nicely. Geez give us a break.

  • Kalimowakene - 2012-09-27 15:00

    All you who are benefiting from the dealings of colonial era should shut up and leave us and JUJU alone. You will never rule this country again...punks

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