Malema's lawyer confirms arrest warrant

2012-09-21 17:03

Johannesburg - Julius Malema’s lawyer confirmed that a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

"We have received confirmation from the authorities that there is an arrest warrant issued for Mr Malema," Nicqui Galaktiou of Brian Kahn Attorneys told City Press.

She said they had not seen the warrant as yet but were busy discussing his court appearance next week with the authorities. Galaktiou said they were "likely to see the warrant after the weekend only".

City Press revealed earlier this afternoon that the arrest of the former ANC Youth League president was imminent.

Malema is expected to appear in court in Pretoria or Polokwane next week on charges of money laundering, corruption and fraud.

The case relates to his Ratanang Family Trust and its shareholding in On-Point Engineering, a company that has made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

It was still unclear whether Malema would be jailed before he appears in court. His lawyers previously urged the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks not to arrest him but to tell him when and where to appear in court.

Malema reiterated this week that he would appear in court if charged.

He told City Press he had “not heard anything. I think if there is such a thing, I will be open about it,” he said.

A source close to Malema, however, confirmed that they had heard about it and were waiting for further details. “The law enforcement agencies know his address,” he said.

Malema said if he were charged, he didn’t know what he would be charged with. “So far we don’t know what is the issue, whether it is money laundering, fraud, corruption,” he said.

“I am not the first person to be arrested,” Malema said, adding that this had happened to politicians before and that charges were dropped. This is an apparent reference to President Jacob Zuma, who at the time believed there was a political plot to get rid of him through prosecution and corruption charges.

The NPA and Hawks have said they won’t comment on the arrest warrant.

NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeka said they don’t respond on arrest warrants and will only comment once an accused has appeared in court.

  • Sharon - 2012-09-21 14:16

    Bloody fantastic!! I have been wishing for this day for many years. It is time things caught up with him

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:11

      Unfortunately this is just the beginning of the circus. Months of Juju headlines, sleazy lawyers, etc... Popcorn anyone?

      Jellyarse - 2012-09-21 17:15

      Grease it up Fatboy! Hopefully a few nights in prison, pre-trial will show you that crime is only acceptable if you are previously selected by the chosen few..................

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-09-21 17:23

      Yay! Take this tsotsi down!!!

      kim.buren - 2012-09-21 17:24

      We all going to have a damn good braai on Monday. Cheers Malema

      junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-09-21 17:30

      Be careful what you wish for :)

      husaberg.twostroke - 2012-09-21 17:42

      Great news. He complaines about white people the whole time but yet he has two Afrikaners lawyers. What a condrudiction.

      Dave - 2012-09-21 17:53

      Squeegee, we are gonna have to start going for the unsalted no butter option, otherwise these shows are going to kill us too

      razz.tazz.9 - 2012-09-21 17:53

      Soooo good. Lock him up so that they can make a man out of him. Maybe he will by than get some brains, you BASTARD.

      george.pistorius - 2012-09-21 18:04

      Hope he rot in JAIL!!!

      liesure.larry - 2012-09-21 18:12

      Let him do the Slave walk in the court... Ball and chain time for this pathetic piece of human-being...

      Kalari - 2012-09-21 18:24

      First take ALL the fraud money then put him away where he belong.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-21 18:25

      Is not the Politics that make the candidate to become a thieve is your vote that makes the thieve become politic so be careful.

      bruce.wilson.313 - 2012-09-21 18:47

      this has got nothing to do with corruption or tax issues or even justice. this is about him rattling the wrong cages. the people behind this know what he has been up to but they havent cared until he threatened their place on the gravy train. its just a bunch of people sacrificing one of their own to save their own butts.

      juanita.nysschen - 2012-09-21 19:45

      Whalakepala,paar weke gelede het hy die cnn reporter reggehelp gese hy is nog nie gecharge nie en kyk nou! LOL! Cheers to that!

      demi.davidson.18 - 2012-09-22 14:38

      Wonder which rat/snake hole he's slithered into to avoid the warrant?

  • mlungisi.fynn - 2012-09-21 14:20

    Now let's just wait and see if this is going to lower the unemployment rate or fix our degrading education system.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:13

      It may keep the troublemaker busy so that people can get back to work... or then again he will probably call on the uneducated unemployed to march, burn, kill.

      salani.hulela.7 - 2012-09-21 17:36

      Vhele, we will be there to defend our captain in command for economic freedom in our lifetime.

      salani.hulela.7 - 2012-09-21 17:37

      Vhele, we will be there to defend our captain in command for economic freedom in our lifetime.

      Xavier7034 - 2012-09-21 18:42

      Double Jeopardy issues @salani?(a procedural defence that forbids a defendant from being tried again on the same [or similar] charges following a legitimate acquittal or conviction)

  • kedebone.molongoana - 2012-09-21 14:32

    Now this people are using government recourses to settle their own political battles. Is Juju now not allowed to voice his concerns? I thought some of the rights people of this country have is “freedom of speech” Well, let’s wait and see what the charge is.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:14

      He owes SARS over R10 million.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:14

      He is a crook.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:14

      He is a troublemaker.

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:14

      He took the last piece of KFC.

      bheki.moyo.39 - 2012-09-21 17:18

      Its not about freedom of speech boet,its about his evil deeds. The law applies from A to Z

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-21 17:30

      Is an INMATE!!!!

      shawn.swiegers - 2012-09-21 17:35

      The Hawks dont investigate freedom of speech but corruption, and last time I checked corruption is not a form of freedom of speech! Keep to the issue!

      oom.steve - 2012-09-21 17:50

      "money laundering, corruption and fraud" has absolutely nothing to do with freedom of speech you idiot.

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:09

      This got nothing to do with freedom of speech. Is all about fraud and corruption.

  • barengkm - 2012-09-21 14:38

    Cde malema is leader,,,no fear,we are behind u man,let see charge sheet,their want to silent our commander

      rupesh.hari.7 - 2012-09-21 17:15

      I didn't know you were behind him, I just can't see you because the fat boy is blocking the sun. :)

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-09-21 17:18


      adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-09-21 17:31

      You and malema can not even spell leader. If you are a leader, people respect you for what you do for them. Malema did nothing and he was fired from his own ANC.

      BulletProof. - 2012-09-21 17:31

      May be you are is partner in crime and end up next to is cell.

      lynn.syme.1 - 2012-09-21 17:32

      You'll lose your place behind Malema...Bubba will be there soon. Sawry for you.

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-21 17:42

      There is going to be a long line of inmates behind him too

      oom.steve - 2012-09-21 17:52

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-09-21 18:05

      @barengkm: I didnt know that there was a race to get behind Malema. Surely you have a unfair advantage since youre not in jail yet. What will pappa think about this???

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:11


      craig.drysdale.96 - 2012-09-22 16:59

      Please learn to spell if you wish to make a comment. Typical idiot that follows a criminal.

  • Johny - 2012-09-21 14:47

    This is unbelievable. Silencing he who speaks out. What a shame. Would he be arrested if he was still supporting zuma? Those who don't see this are blinded. Thruth does not depend on its source.

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-21 17:22

      Not being arrested for speaking out.. Money laundering, fraud and corruption, are ILLEGAL!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-09-21 17:31

      Johny they are welcome to arrest Zipper too...

      elgh.elgh - 2012-09-21 17:42

      He's being arrested this time for not paying his taxes. His big mouth has nothing to do with it.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-21 17:59

      This is how Al Capone was bust, tax!

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:14

      Even if he was still supporting Zuma he would be arrested for fraud and corruption. Zuma has no power to save Malema.

  • norman.bigdawg - 2012-09-21 15:25

    Economic Freedom Fighter in Jail..... How will the struggle progress?

      emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-21 17:23

      Fighting for Economic Freedom and he's being arrested for Money laundering, fraud and corruption?? Ha Ha Hypocrite!!

      jpotas1 - 2012-09-21 17:42

      His own economy

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-21 19:03

      1000 years from now you, juju and his ilk will still be struggling.

  • king.koffi.9 - 2012-09-21 15:32

    soldiers authorised to help police deal with unrest,now malema charged!the people will revolt,those who fail to see beyond their big plasma screens will be shocked,those who hate the truth that comes out of malemas mouth are in for a suprise,no matter how much resources you have,you can never supress the poor!victory is certain,apartheid was defeated and dictatorship will so be.

      jan.matsetela - 2012-09-21 17:37

      we both know where that 13 thumps down comes from

      salani.hulela.7 - 2012-09-21 18:04

      From orania!!

      mc.segal.5 - 2012-09-21 18:05

      For a good thump down Google Bert the cat vs cat balloon. See JJ get a good whack. Funny

      eugene.meyer1980 - 2012-09-21 18:08

      Actually king.koffi, its LCD screens now. Plasma screens are so last season. At least we get to see in HD how Malema gets locked up. Something you cant do with a plasma screen. I suggest you get yourself one. They are great. You love it.

  • angela.monaghansandells - 2012-09-21 17:10

    Wonderful. Just in time to celebrate over the long weekend.

  • kim.buren - 2012-09-21 17:11

    Nah na nah na, he's a wanker

      boltonbarry - 2012-09-21 19:13


  • Eric Mdudus Shaku - 2012-09-21 17:14

    Whats left? Hawks and Thuli,SIU

  • henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-21 17:14

    I see renal failure in the air....

      JamesMWood - 2012-09-21 17:40

      As well as anal

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-22 04:22

      James, with all the pricks getting behind him here, anal failure is a dead cert, LOL Henk, the family trust has already booked a dialysis machine and a set of Tailor Made golf clubs.

  • osmaseko - 2012-09-21 17:17

    Let the games begin, Malema 1 Zuma 1

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-21 17:18

    News flash: Julius about to take up golf amd be diagnosed with "terminal illness"

  • emilyjane.elson - 2012-09-21 17:19

    Malema said if he were charged, he didn’t know what he would be charged with. “So far we don’t know what is the issue, whether it is money laundering, fraud, corruption,” he said. ALL OF THE ABOVE!!

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-22 04:25

      Emily, when are they going to add Tax Evasion?

  • riaan.w.vanwyk - 2012-09-21 17:19

    Haha time to celebrate! Hope they lock him up for good and throw away the key..

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-09-21 17:24

    No bail!

  • adriaan.delange.94 - 2012-09-21 17:26

    Yes, this is fantastic news, but he is not arrested as yet and he will be declaired ill to stand trial and jail sentence. corruption at its best from the ANC.Don't start the braai fires as yet!

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-21 17:26

    i am not that stupid, i know the basics, sars cant issue a warrant of arrest but police can, i smell a dead rat here, they must not fool us by directing our focus to this thug, we have more important things to do

  • thadelphukem.completely - 2012-09-21 17:29

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! This is the best news EVER... Its about time Fatboy... Bwahahahahahaha

  • Jacques - 2012-09-21 17:30

    Epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic epic win!! Can't stop smiling!

  • sifiso.sosibo.10 - 2012-09-21 17:30

    Please! Stop speculating and only inform us once the enfant terrible's behind the slammer!

  • warren.rodel - 2012-09-21 17:31

    Hang Him!

      juan.prinsloo.750 - 2012-09-21 19:12

      Why not, just for the hell of it lol

  • julian.booyens - 2012-09-21 17:31

    Does not a warrant means he has to be arrested first and then appear before the judge? why they dictating that they must be notified when to appear in court? go bang his door down now!

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:20

      Dont worry. He will spend tghe weekend in prison. He will be arrested tomorrow.

  • akshar.sookraj - 2012-09-21 17:32

    SO whats so special about this Twat Arrest him and let him spend his time in Jail before his court date... Get sentenced... Bend Over And Get Raped You Criminal

  • shawn.swiegers - 2012-09-21 17:32

    yawn... If convicted he will develop a severe case of shaikselebe-itis to which there is no known cure except when treated with medical parole and country club memberships.

  • elgh.elgh - 2012-09-21 17:40

    Why only after the weekend. Preferential treatment? Get the cops to arrest him today so that the thug can sit behind bars until Tuesday.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-21 17:50

      Like those of Boeremag

      john.bucknall.1 - 2012-09-22 04:38

      I'm actually glad for you guys over there, if they only physically arrest him on Tuesday, at least you won't have a demonstration and destruction filled long weekend. They know where to find him, he ain't going anywhere. My wish for you all is that someone goes Wild PIG hunting over the weekend.

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-09-21 17:40

    I doubt jacob zuma will be outside the court lending his support.

  • ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-09-21 17:42

    What is there that they are going to gain from all this lebaling that they are doing to Malema, after all these years now they are trying to burst him. Man there is a score to settle but they will not win who ever they are

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:25

      Anybody who steals hardworking peoples taxes should be put in prison for life...end of story.

  • marilyn.glockle - 2012-09-21 17:47

    Fatboy should give some of his millions to all those miners he encouraged to stay on strike for so long. That so much rubbish can come out of one mouth is unbelievable!

  • salani.hulela.7 - 2012-09-21 17:48

    Afrikaaners relax this is only for few weeks if not hours the king will be back and you know the rest!!

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-21 17:50

      Ja papegaai

      salani.hulela.7 - 2012-09-21 17:53

      Jy is n mompie!!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-21 18:39

      Watter soort van 'n pappegaai is hierdie eenetjie :)

      julio.sanfona - 2012-09-21 18:56

      Which king are yoy referring to? King Kong?

      nettie.potgieter.5 - 2012-09-21 19:35

      Themba, daai pappegaai soort wat alles na praat sonder om te weet wat hulle se lol

  • bob.jaan.9 - 2012-09-21 17:51

    hy is meer werd vir die blanke se saak buite die tronk as binne die tronk... Is jy n ... ZUMA of MALEMA mens? Jy sal moet leer om die een of die ander te begin laaik...want een van hulle gaan nog vir n rukkie in jou en jou mense se lewens wees. KIES...

  • warren.carne.9 - 2012-09-21 17:52

    Again SA makes history,first time criminal charges are laid against a primate

      pisciotta - 2012-09-21 17:56

      Let us all pray PETA does not get involved.

      joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-21 18:04

      Nyammago wena

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-21 18:36

      Oops warren, we are all primates biology 101

  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-21 17:52

    Husaberg. They are white not Afrikaans

  • oom.steve - 2012-09-21 17:53

    Al Capone went to Alcatraz for tax evasion.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-09-21 17:55

    Sadly Malema is the only one who cares about the poor, the rest don't give a damn. Jail never took Nelson out of the limelight and it will only make Malema into a martyr for the poor. Malema gets more airtime than any other politician in the world.

      superguluva.kheswa - 2012-09-21 18:12

      How on earth can one say Malema is only one who cares about the poor while d man is abt to appear in court 4 fraud n cirruption!

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-21 18:30

      An empty vessel makes the loudest noise, that is why it gets the most airtime

      neo.motsepe - 2012-09-21 18:42

      I so share your View reid. Let the Malema haters rejoice, time has always been a change agent. No jail term will change the socio-economic challenges of this country.

      julio.sanfona - 2012-09-21 18:59

      Wake up and don't be naive! He doesn't give a damn about the poor, he only cares for his personal power struggle, in other words: his bank account.

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:29

      Please dont bring in Mandela. He served for a cause. Malema will serve life for stealing millionss of taxpayers money.

      kedebeer - 2012-09-22 08:24

      U a fool to think he cares about the poor. He live a lekker life and people must survive on less the R10 a day. Why is it necessary that he go around with a lot of bodyguards that cost a lot of money that can feed lots of people. Why do he need more then one house and the poor has none. He eats like a pig leKker dik and some poor people eat ones in 2 days. And he cares about who!!!!!!!!! Just about himself. He steal from you. He make a black man look sh@t. He's going to be another man's bitch. Hope he suffer. He is a terrorist.

  • joe.mangena.1 - 2012-09-21 17:58

    Every well know freedom fighter has been arrested for crimes they haven't commited, so this is no surprise.

      thokozani.mnyandu - 2012-09-21 18:13

      I think it is too early to say that u might b surprised, but there is no one who get rich for just being a freedom fighter or fighting for the poor

      thokozani.mnyandu - 2012-09-21 18:13

      I think it is too early to say that u might b surprised, but there is no one who get rich for just being a freedom fighter or fighting for the poor

  • sibusiso.mhlongo.35 - 2012-09-21 18:04

    a billionare claiming to be representing the poor, sies

  • Tom van Niekerk - 2012-09-21 18:04

    ha ha ha let him suffer the dog

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-09-21 18:07

    Honourable Mr Malema rhetoric (economic freedom)÷ reality(corruption) = hypocrite (counter revolutionary). Corruption robs the poor. _

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-09-21 18:07

    Honourable Mr Malema rhetoric (economic freedom)÷ reality(corruption) = hypocrite (counter revolutionary). Corruption robs the poor. True revolutionaries are blameless. _

  • Matjaka - 2012-09-21 18:12

    if these people want to arrest Julius Malema for the action he took at Marekana incident ,they must state it clearly. they must stop formulating the statement that have no salt and spice inside.

      Mamokwee Rathipa - 2012-09-21 18:33

      we are all equal before the law. anyone who breaks the law should be arrested. SA is not a banana Republic.

      mike.down.5492 - 2012-09-21 18:38

      Read the article again...frauds corruption money laundering, no mention of mines.

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-09-21 18:12

    Honourable Mr Malema rhetoric (economic freedom)÷ reality(corruption) = hypocrite (counter revolutionary). Corruption robs the poor. True revolutionaries are blameless. _

  • garth.philpot - 2012-09-21 18:14

    The problem is that justice is only served when it is convenient. If it where served as due course, there would be no politicians left in Parliament.

  • ryan.wedlake - 2012-09-21 18:15

    The wheels of justice do seem to turn after all, albeit so slowly. I hope they throw this fat tsotsi into the deepest, darkest hole and that he never sees the light of day again.

  • imraan.chothia.7 - 2012-09-21 18:17

    You all so dom, they make him look bad so the rest of them look soo good

      krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:33

      What are trying to be different from the rest of us.

  • nhlakaniphog1 - 2012-09-21 18:18

    Honourable Mr Malema rhetoric (economic freedom)÷ reality(corruption) = hypocrite (counter revolutionary). Corruption robs the poor. True revolutionaries are blameless. _

  • don.mug.3 - 2012-09-21 18:21


  • sydneyvw - 2012-09-21 18:21

    Metallica said it best: "AND JUSTICE FOR ALL"

  • godfrey.ngonyama - 2012-09-21 18:22

    Why didn't they arrest Zuma first on Rape and corruption charges?

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-21 18:27

      JZ is a very shrewd criminal. Shabir Sheik went to jail alone. Now his son Juju is going to jail alone too.

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-09-22 13:49

      Elize, did I say he is not?

  • amogelang.molwana - 2012-09-21 18:23

    John Block back JZ and your corruption/fraud charges will b scraped. That's wat was reported on paper. Juju shut up till after Mangaung or else...... Even de devil tried Jesus wen he was starving: turn dis stone into bread, Jesus refused.all conspiracy theories. What you do unto others. If commander in chief loses in Mangaung I believe wen they bring back hang pal,he will be the first to..... He who revenges must dig two graves, one 4 him and one 4 his enermy