Malema co-accused hand themselves in

2012-09-25 11:29

Johannesburg - Four Polokwane businessmen handed themselves over to the anti-corruption task team on Tuesday, the Hawks confirmed.

"They are going to appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court today on charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering," said spokesperson McIntosh Polela.

"This relates to government money running into tens of millions of rands."

Polela said the anti-corruption task team consisted of the Hawks, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the Special Investigating Unit, the Treasury and the SA Revenue Services.

"This forms part of an investigation that has been running since August last year," he said.

Polela said the four men would appear and three companies.

Earlier, it was reported that expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa would appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

Gwangwa, who is chief executive of On-Point Engineers, would appear on accusations of tender fraud with other Limpopo businessmen and government officials.

R52m fraudulent tender

Polela said he could not give out the names of the men or the companies until they appeared in court.

According to a City Press report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said Malema made millions from a R52m fraudulent tender by On-Point Engineers.

The newspaper reported that Malema's Ratanang Family Trust was one of two shareholders in On-Point.

Although Madonsela could not find any evidence that Malema interfered in the tender process, she found that he benefited "improperly" from the contract, City Press reported.

Her investigation found that On-Point acted corruptly.

Madonsela recommended that the tender be immediately cancelled, and that the NPA and the Asset Forfeiture Unit consider criminal action and that the Master of the High Court investigate the flow of money into Malema's trust.

Malema is scheduled to appear in the same court on Wednesday for alleged fraud and money laundering related to the On-Point tender.

On Tuesday, the police cordoned off streets surrounding the courthouse.

The accused were to hand themselves over to the police before their court appearance.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the police were implementing their security plan the day before Malema's appearance.

He said they wanted to be prepared for a planned night vigil for Malema, and ensure people were safe.

  • susan.paul.330 - 2012-09-25 11:36

    Go directly to jail...

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-25 11:49

      Do not pass Go. Do not collect R52 million.

      christiaan.welgens - 2012-09-25 11:58

      Also do not collect R200 when going past Begin

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-25 12:47

      They belong to the anc , each member has a get out of jail card

      Rabbler.Rouser - 2012-09-25 12:49

      @Kevin. I'm sure there are other business people that benefitted too. These are probaly the big fish. The other small players are probably singing like canaries in exchange for immunity from prosecution. Which is probably a good thing. Nail the bad boys and secure a conviction by using the little fish.

      wt.echoridgetimes - 2012-09-25 12:53

      @Malema, see how easy it is... Just say Guilty as charged!

      Msika - 2012-09-25 14:49

      Get out of Jail free...talking about doing it the cANCer way.

  • janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 11:36

    They starting to sing like canaries!!!

  • danie.strydom.7 - 2012-09-25 11:36

    It's not over till the FAT BOY sings ...

      bongile.langa - 2012-09-25 11:40

      you can say that again Danie, its going to be a long trip for Julius and the boys huh!

      Eina2601 - 2012-09-25 12:46

      @Kevin - then he will be classified as an "Adult" because at 31 he is still a "Youth"

  • danny.levin.351 - 2012-09-25 11:37

    If there is a warrant for his arrest since last week how comes he was not yet arrested? it seems as if the cops are either useless or choose to apply the law only against soft targets...

  • robert.cerff - 2012-09-25 11:38

    So... they'll pitch up, plead "Not guilty" and simply draw it out until it fizzes out. Hardly "welcome news" rather more of the same. Lets see if they actually get started on this at any time. Seeing is believing.

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-09-25 11:38

    Why wasn't Malema the 5th person? Arrest that man!

      morama.sebata - 2012-09-25 13:14

      You will be one of the disappointed when malema walks free like Zoormer from Nkadla,remember your president has 783 fraud charges which were all withdrawn? Now the same rules would apply here....Welcome to Banana republic!

  • esrom.sandy - 2012-09-25 11:42

    Let us wait and see now de show wil resume soon early he appeared as a person who represent de poor when he appear 2 court he wil b someone differ,dis lighty is playing game wit peoples life

  • zebedee.kok - 2012-09-25 11:43

    Bye bye fat boy!!!!!! May you have many romantic nights behind bars!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ..... Bloody agent

  • ben.spreeth - 2012-09-25 11:44

    While they handed themselves over, they can also hand all the stolen money over as well.

  • Manduleli Rotherham Mtyoki - 2012-09-25 11:45

    Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, thus S.A constitution. Stop hawling for sweet nothing. If Malema is found guilty, let him suffer the consequence and if not, let him free nd he must continue with Economic Freedom!

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-25 12:09

      I have the filling that you also had the hands on the cookie jar!!!

      patrick.m.ellis.7 - 2012-09-25 12:10

      @Manduleli. You are of course 100% correct. Innocent until proven guilty.However, did you ever ask yourself how FAT BOY, who has never worked a single day in his life, has managed to accumulate R52 million in his personal account, build a R16 million rand home on a salary of R22000 monthly etc? Don't you find this remotely suspicious? Or do you honestly believe all the money was given to him for his charming personality?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-25 12:12

      He has been found guilty already twice in our courts of law. Once for his tax affairs and once for hate speech. It might be the start of the real end for him.

      mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-25 12:49

      you are already free and dom

      sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-09-25 13:35

      what economic freedom, this malema is is a millionare himself but he goes around telling the prople that he is representing the poor. look at his car, his houses and everything he has, u tell me that he is an economic freedom fighter

  • hudayfah.newman - 2012-09-25 11:50

    I think his latest outbursts ticked off too many up-top.

  • Greypatriot - 2012-09-25 11:51

    This case will reveal how the procurement processes of government institutions are manipulated using BEE. Don't expect too much to be revealed though. There are so many beneficiaries of BEE that all the facts will not be revealed.

      Manduleli Rotherham Mtyoki - 2012-09-25 11:57

      There is no problem with BEE my friend, the problem is with people who serve their own interest using the BEE strategy.

      morama.sebata - 2012-09-25 13:20

      You are 100% correct,Zuma is behind Malema forgetting his own son who is just 28 years old but has a wealth more than many bussinesman who had been in the game for more than a decade.Let duduzane Zuma be investigated the sam as Malema.The worse part is that Dduzane has only diploma in IT which he uses as the entrance into government through his corrupt father!

  • richard.russmann - 2012-09-25 12:08

    Juju sounds like a regular corrupt capitalist to me? What was all that nonsense he was saying about nationalising the mines, and helping the poor? It must be help the poor, but not with MY money?

  • Ntserefana - 2012-09-25 12:18

    I NEVER LIKED THIS MALEMA GUY bt no time to show emotions and feelings He and His fellow mafias are Innocent untill proven GUILTY,I would hold on to that since well investigations is still on. I WISH THEY FOUND ENOUGH EVIDENCE

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-25 12:57

      Already 1 guilty verdict was given to him earlier this month - Tax evasion.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-25 12:20

    Will they be sleeping in a cell tonight?.

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-25 12:49

      No he will be sleeping at his grannies house he cant let her stay on her own in that big place. and his illegitimate son has to also be taken care of. These will be serious considerations at the time of his appeal the day ater his sentence.

  • Greypatriot - 2012-09-25 12:21

    "Upon a thorough and interrogative assessment, available evidence including consultations with some key witnesses, the DPP in consultation with the prosecution team felt there are no prospects of a successful prosecution; therefore these charges cannot be sustained against them during trial,"

  • uzziphathele.tshabalala - 2012-09-25 12:23

    What about Nathi Mthethwa and others!!!!!they must be charged as well!\r\n!!!

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-25 12:36

      Do not try to distract from the issue we will deal with the others later first we focus on the fat boy.

  • morris.khunou - 2012-09-25 12:26

    Obviously this is going to be the hype of activity for the unemployed as they will be bused to and fro. More money for the Bus and taxi industry

      harold.parsons.37 - 2012-09-25 12:35

      Only if the Malema bank accounts are not frozen. SARS must take thier money now. This guy must pay his tax. If they let him off or give him a rebate then the rest of the citizens require one as well. And all you silly frieds of Malema you better go pay your tax you are next Tsotsi Boys.

      steve.ritchie.739 - 2012-09-25 12:37

      Let's not forget KFC and the T-Shirt industry.

  • John - 2012-09-25 12:26

    Death Penalty for them PLEASE!!!!!!!

  • Greypatriot - 2012-09-25 12:45

    The country and people who are willing to work for their money needs this case to be followed through right to the end. The case will reveal that we don't have the skills required in state institutions, e.g. municipalities, provinces and state departments. They thus rely on the skills in the market, which cannot be accessed without BEE. Then the corruption creeps in. The only way to fix this is to empower institutions through talent management (in-house self-service)and contracting legitimate competent firms through non-preferential public tenders.

  • tshepo.maganedisa - 2012-09-25 12:50

    its 12:48 and he has appeared as yet, please tell us once he has appeared and charged please Mr. Editor

  • marschoeman - 2012-09-25 12:52

    They are grooming Malema to become president, as it is a pre-requisite that the president needs a criminal record...

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  • AbrahamsTT - 2012-09-25 13:15

    Juju Malema - in the orange uniform...

  • morama.sebata - 2012-09-25 13:24

    Malema would walk free like Zuma who had 783 corruption charges,instead of facing the courts he ran away untill to his presidency...there he started what he like the most....getting married every year and making kids out of the wedlock and thank's god it's not only me that seen that but Brett Murray also.

  • neo.khemisi - 2012-09-25 13:29

    Can I ask SA? If you were to open a case against me for whatever a reason dim right to do so and police no my where abouts would the take days to go @ my place and arrest me?? Unlike this idiot who still have days before they can go and arrest him(typical SA laws no 111 act of power (a.depend who do you know in higher place)

  • magomarele - 2012-09-25 14:05

    Time for payback. Every criminal must meet his/her fate. Run fat boy run. the arm of justice is too long.

  • mart.botha - 2012-09-25 14:13

    Ignorance must not be considered at all in their defense. Justice needs to send a loud and clear message that dishonesty is public enemy Number 1. They must go to jail and not be given an option of a fine. If the government accepts money in fines from this ilk, then they 'the government' are party to ptroiting from ill gotten gains. Jail, No Bail, No Fines.......Jail Time is what the people must demand.

      mart.botha - 2012-09-25 14:15

      correction .....'prtroiting' to read 'profiteering'.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-09-25 15:29

    anc and co. embarrassment to the African nation.

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-25 15:48

    judging from what I've read so far concerning the allegations against the businessmen and Malema ...theres no solid evidence to back up such allegations. and theres nothing which implicates Malema in his personal capacity, there can't be a conviction with only speculations and unfounded allegations. The prospects of Malema going to prison are 1/10 if you ask me. even if they do manage to find hard evidence against him, he wont serve his time in prison, history proves that if you are in government or got money, you are above the law. the case will drag a lifetime and the taxpayers funds getting wasted in the process ...Selebi, Zuma, Cele, Shaik ..still remember their cases? did the ones found quilty ever serve their time? only the broke go to prison

  • mzondistanley - 2012-09-25 16:52

    Oh Yes!! This is how Malema ought to talk of People being corrupt in front of the Court of Law!! Not singing and Jumping while throwing insults like Kudus in Kruger National park!!

  • wenzeslaus.majola - 2012-09-25 17:29

    Like it or not people, Malema is in deep s..t. Whether he chowed the money he is accused to have done so is immaterial. Rather what is happening here is politics in the capitalist world at play. His bold statements about 'economic freedom in our lifetime and nationalisation of the mines' are at the backfoot and will not be on the cards in court but his personal image will be the target and there wont be much left of it when it is all over.

  • Johnson - 2012-09-25 19:41

    This is only with one tender there are many more if you start searching all local and district municipalities in the province - no doubt this is the tip of the ice berg

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