Malema's business partner to appear in court

2012-09-25 10:39

Polokwane - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa will appear in the Polokwane Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

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

According to a City Press report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela 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 National Prosecuting Authority 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.

  • george.pistorius - 2012-09-25 10:42

    Hope they rot in jail!!!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 10:49

      The faster the better!!!!!

      max.reynecke - 2012-09-25 10:49

      Another Shaiky deal in the making...Malema has got to much tabs on the ANC bigwigs.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-25 10:52

      Rope them in one by one. Hope every last one of his skelm cronies ends up in jail...

      Spiral - 2012-09-25 11:24

      time for him to cash in on all those cheques his mouth has been writing!

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-25 11:31

      Hows his picture? He looks like a black Kermit the Frog...

  • Eterni80 - 2012-09-25 10:42

    you reap what you sew.. I hope they lock you up and throw the room away.

      riad.mahomed - 2012-09-25 10:55

      lol........that’s the best one I heard so far...........that like throwing the baby out with the bath water…….

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-25 10:44

    That is one way to piss a partner off Malema. You making enemies with your friends now.

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-25 11:03

      KIM we should encourage Malema to piss mor people off

      kim.buren - 2012-09-25 11:08

      LOL Barry. Who are left? Can only think of his sheep

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-25 11:13

      We can only hope and pray that he starts pissing them off now

  • jaco.botha.142 - 2012-09-25 10:47

    Malema, Gaan le maar!

  • brionyl.french - 2012-09-25 10:47

    They all gonna fake illnesses and then as soon as they out of jail by Gods grace be cured!!!!Im so sick of the way this Corrupt country works....

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-09-25 10:51

    If convicted they will all be sick lame and dying so the can lie in a nice hospital bed

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-09-25 10:53

      Exactly carolyn, I wonder what "illness" will be created for him???

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 10:54


  • shaylene.stenger - 2012-09-25 10:54

    i thought he was only earning 15k a month when he was part of the youth league? thats what came out of his mouth. so how is it possible that he can own a 7 mil house on that salary? Am i missing something ? clearly the funds come from some where else. corruption will always catch up with people. You can run but you cannot hide Mr Malema!!!!

      ditantane.kganakga - 2012-09-25 10:59

      can you share a link where he actually said that, if you can't shut up.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-25 11:04

      Shaylene, kganakga wants you to give him proof of him claiming to only earning a 15k salary. In his mind, corruption is an honest business.

      Onke Mdingi - 2012-09-25 11:07

      Sooner or later he will feel the pinch. SARS. NPA... you name it.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 11:11

      Malema, who reportedly wears a R250000 Breitling watch, has told the media that he earns a youth league salary of about R20000 a month. Hope you can comprehend....

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-09-25 11:13

      lol at ditantane! you such a cake! anyway he was only earning about 20k a month been employed as the ancyl leader,but he does have his finger in many pies in the form of companies where he has long fingers and been benefiting through his family trust. he has been raking in big bucks from the province of limpopo through tenders and other illegal means.

      kim.buren - 2012-09-25 11:14

      @Ditantane. You sitting down knob. You shut up now and finish the garden. Well done Henk

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-09-25 11:31

      Thanks Henk... chew on that one Ditantane!

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-25 11:33

      Ditantane I found the missing link....its you.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-09-25 11:35

      This was how he was found out by SARS, living above his declared income.

  • johan.vanhoff - 2012-09-25 10:57


  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-25 10:59

    "Malema my president" comments anyone? Come-on, show yourselves and your support for someone who only cares about power.

      michelle.h.koekemoer - 2012-09-25 11:32

      haha Tony, they busy battening down the hatches and finding a new hero to worship 'cos hopefully Malenema is going down!

  • Michael - 2012-09-25 11:02

    I dont see Malema escaping prison, the difference with his trial and that of JZ is that JZ had support from Cosatu, Sacp, and majority in the ANC, Malema on the other hand is no longer an ANC member, that means influencial people who need to support him will think twice before they do so in order to protect their careers after Mangaung, but also JZ allowed Malema to enjoy fraudelent money so that they can nail him, i think Zuma knew that there was corruption in Limpopo, but he kept quite so that his opponents get themselves in position of weakness.

      bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-09-25 11:12

      If therer is corruption in Limpopo, Malema has never worked for the Limpopo government- then the right people should be called to answer.

      Michael - 2012-09-25 11:18

      Very correct, thats why one of the officials is appearing with them, but also remember that Malema come from that side of the country, i just think the truth will come out how money flew into his trust account in such huge amounts, but i trust SARS. Malema is innocent until someone find him gulity, and there must be no confusion about that.

  • matodzine - 2012-09-25 11:02

    everything should be linked back to the mother of all corruption.....the man him self

      matodzine - 2012-09-25 11:03

      The President

  • Sphiwe - 2012-09-25 11:03

    As if somebody would go to jail wake up this is south africa thats how they rewarding themself from apartheid with corruption .some of them they dont even know teargas smell

  • John - 2012-09-25 11:04

    You all need to learn the difference between an individual, a trust, a private company, a closed corporation, a partnership. You will then see why malMALEMA will get off. He is not individually and personally responsible for the acts of his CORPORATE ENTITY.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-25 11:07

      Jip, and he knows that. They can only attack his trust and not the person himself...

      bheki.dingiswayo - 2012-09-25 11:11

      Depending who was the Trustee who acted for the Trust who knowingly was managing the affairs of the Trust. This must be a natural person.

      mark.bredenkamp - 2012-09-25 11:24

      John, you're such a genius. Obviously (according to you)all the NPA and SARS and lawyers are a bunch of idiots who know absolutely nothing about the law. Why didn't they hire you to give them proper advice?

      gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-09-25 11:29

      John Malema received money from the trust, the trust received the money illegally,therefore Malema is guilty of receiving illegally earned money. Please study FICA before making stupid comments. The trust is his family trust

      whites.mustunite - 2012-09-25 11:36

      You need to learn the accountability laws governing directors of corporate entities.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-25 11:49

      John, in other words anyone can set up a trust, commit a crime and get away with it. You are wrong. Trustee, like directors can be personally liable for the wrongful deeds of their corporate entities. Trustees owe fiduciary duties to their beneficiaries and the society at large. Remember J Arthur Brown, he was a trustee of widows' pension funds which he chowed. The law “lifts” the corporate veil in order to attribute the wrongful acts of a corporate entity those whose abused the corporate entity in order to commit wrongful deeds

  • Sphiwe - 2012-09-25 11:05

    As if somebody would go to jail wake up this is south africa thats how they rewarding themself from apartheid with corruption .some of them they dont even know teargas smell

  • pierre.flyadvertising - 2012-09-25 11:07

    Check that face:it just says it wants johny walker blue economic demands it......

  • castiel.collins.39 - 2012-09-25 11:22

    News24 you saw the results of your pole regarding Malema and the media. We don't want to hear about him anymore.

  • mpho.abrams - 2012-09-25 11:27

    The rumors of Malema being corrupt have been making the rounds in Polokwane for a long, long time and we all have to ask one question, why is all this happening now and when we are so close to Mangaung, did Malema finally lose the protection of the "big man" that is why he is in hot water now? We also need to realise that he might also have some "stuff" he can dish out, this man is never going to jail - its still INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY, but if he did do all this, I really hope justice will be served because a tender can change a life and its not fair on companies to lose out on it because they don't have friends in high places.

  • arcticencounter - 2012-09-25 13:09

    Any of the accused can plead "The Samson Option" whereby they can say that they were so entrenched in a culture of corruption, that they had no choice but to participate - with the proviso that they name names. It is quite telling that they never do (Selebi), because they are promised "medical parole" or that they will serve no jail time.

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