Malema's sugar daddy

2011-11-06 11:37

Johannesburg - The same mogul who took Julius Malema to Mauritius paid money into his family trust.

The tycoon who took ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema along on his wedding junket to Mauritius also deposited piles of cash into Malema’s trust fund.

City Press can reveal that property mogul David Mabilu’s Vharanani Properties has on more than one occasion paid amounts exceeding R100 000 into the account of the Ratanang Family Trust, named after Malema’s son.

In July City Press revealed the existence of the trust and quoted a Limpopo businessman who claimed to have paid money into the trust as a reward for Malema assisting him in winning a government tender.

Malema has since claimed the trust only receives donations from business people to assist him with welfare projects.

Intense scrutiny

The trust and other accounts linked to Malema are now under intense scrutiny by the Hawks.

Two independent, well-placed sources with knowledge of Malema’s financial dealings confirmed to City Press that Mabilu was one of the trust’s benefactors.

Mabilu is the second businessman to be identified as a Malema “sugar daddy” after Polokwane-based contractor Steve Bosch admitted earlier this year to depositing money into the trust’s account.

Malema has consistently claimed he is not a millionaire despite his royal lifestyle.
Apart from his ANC salary, he has confirmed receiving dividends from On-Point Engineering, a tender-rich company partly owned by his family trust.

Mabilu failed to respond to questions this week about the nature and reason for the payments to Malema’s trust.

'Futile fishing expeditions'

Malema’s spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, responded: “I thought we had an agreement that we do not respond to futile fishing expeditions. Also it looks like you’re hellbent on criminalising black, particularly Africans', progress.”

The Sunday Times reported that two hours after Malema led an economic freedom march to Pretoria, a blue-light convoy accompanied him to OR Tambo airport, where he boarded a business-class flight to Mauritius.

The all-expenses-paid island wedding with 300 guests - including Malema’s business associate, Lesiba Gwangwa; businessman Ali Boshielo; soccer supremo Bobby Motaung; and singer Judith Sephuma - reportedly cost Mabilu between R10m and R15m.
A number of Limpopo municipal mayors attended the event and Mabilu chartered a flight for his guests, booking an entire beach resort for the function.

Mabilu has scored big in government tenders. Since last year, Vharanani was awarded contracts by the Limpopo and Gauteng provincial governments worth more than R200m.

Born in Soweto, Mabilu’s roots are in Limpopo’s Venda area, where he made most of his fortune from government contracts for water reticulation, construction and bulk water supply in the past decade.

Political connections

He is known for providing quality services, but is often accused of using his political connections to score lucrative tenders, especially in Limpopo.

A shrewd and smart operator, Mabilu has been close to successive ruling elites in Limpopo over the past decade.

Malema was a guest speaker at Mabilu’s birthday party last year.
Mabilu owns a complex in the Polokwane suburb of Bendor, next to the Faranani Estate, which he developed. He also owns a string of luxury cars and a multimillion-rand mansion in Sandton.

The Mail & Guardian reported on Friday that Vharanani bought two portions of a farm near Polokwane from two liquidated companies in 2007.
Profit of R40m

He later swopped these pieces of land for prime land owned by the City of Polokwane, paying in an extra R5.9m.

Shortly afterwards, Mabilu sold the land previously owned by the municipality to the Limpopo local government and housing department for R51m, making a profit of R40m.

Malema this week threatened the Hawks to “bring it on” after reports that his arrest was imminent.

Two senior law enforcement agents who spoke to City Press said they were perplexed by these newspaper reports.

One senior officer said: “This is nonsense. The case is far from being completed. Why would people tell such things to the press? To create some hype?”

  • Kobus - 2011-11-06 11:51

    And we think SA's on the right track?

      Anthony - 2011-11-06 13:23

      How can a youth have a son, how old is fat boy again? The youth of today, he really sets an outstanding example as a kiddies leader...

      Kevin - 2011-11-06 14:05

      Im sure these thugs can be put away for 20 years but this is not the issue. Governmnt tenders should not be allowed to go through buddies businesses. i have heard that these are just front companies that sell the tenders. They have no factories or equipment and audited books are a sham.Only companies that have been operating for years and have a track record should be considered. These front companies are doubleng and tripling the costs at the taxpayers expense.I also heard that no tender happens under 500k so some businesses are asked to break the job up and give 4 or 5 different quotes and add a bit on for the thug.Surely teh anc can govern better than this . Any middle management civilian could take thsi tender system and rip it to pieces and get the crooks to do there 20 years . I say 20 years because the judiciary gives light sentences so instead of 50 they will only give 20. Look at shaik . He only got 15. Come on zoomer ,put shaik back in and try the doctors who did the medical report. Where is our medical board ? Why have they not protected the public from doctors who lie under oath.

      rbphiri - 2011-11-06 16:25

      So Barney the fat nationalized purple dinosaur went on all paid trip to Mauritius.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-11-06 19:44

      i don’t know how he got his tenders, but his work is top class, off all the tenders he has been involved at i can’t fault his work. He delivers quality.

      Joanne - 2011-11-07 09:38

      "A number of Limpopo municipal mayors attended the event and Mabilu chartered a flight for his guests, booking an entire beach resort for the function." I hope that all the people living in each of the Limpopo munipal mayors' districts are getting fantastic service with very transparent accounting - that's all I'd like.

      frangelico - 2011-11-07 10:58

      Namhla ,Jaco you both obviously don't realise it was a bit of mirth,Namhla what does age have to do with it?have you read your latter comment (jellus becus hav) seems all your wealth has not given you an education you can be proud of.By the way how old are you & still in Gr R at your age now that I find hilarious.

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-06 11:52

    heh heh heh heh.....better than a soap opera. what will happen next.... cant wait. and dont try blaming this corruption on whites..that one is wearing a little thin...hopefully the masses have the brains to work this one out for themselves and now rather find a hero that is honest and a worthy leader.

      frangelico - 2011-11-06 12:12

      Cheryl just returned from Europe & the U.K even there Mal-Ema has intrigued most of Europe,they call him the court jester,bafoon,fatso,bellyup, preggy,carling blacklabel,lardass,porky,porker banger no mash etc etc etc.

      Andrew - 2011-11-06 12:14

      During Apartheid days, I believe the British BBC spend a small fortune trying to find corruption in the white government. Anything to discredit them. In fact even now when they speak about the whites in SA they put on this very special doom laden accent.

      TheyTookMyNickLaZynEko - 2011-11-06 13:41

      Mmusi Maimane is a fine example of a good leader :)

      Derek - 2011-11-07 13:57

      Mmusi is the DA leader in JHB city council, a really fine guy. Do you people even know why you are disliking the comment!

  • frangelico - 2011-11-06 11:53

    I knew it, I knew all along Ma-lema is a she Thats why she changed her name to Mal-ema

      Namhla - 2011-11-06 12:09

      Are you serious? How old are you? 12?

      jaco.laubscher - 2011-11-06 13:07

      I have to agree, that is quite lame. . .

      Christo - 2011-11-07 09:57

      Frangelico,never mind the creche,he is a Woman!

  • Van - 2011-11-06 11:53

    Malema my boy, your time is running out.

      Alva - 2011-11-06 12:55

      I hope so! :-)))

      Xavier7034 - 2011-11-06 14:20

      Unfortunately there are plenty more waiting in the wings, such are the pickings in the tender troughs of corrupt municipalities. The SAD part is that Tenders such as these do not create the JOBS that the Youth are asking for......

  • joeballito - 2011-11-06 11:57

    The net is closing.One of us mere mortals would have been arrested long ago but I think his time is coming.A previous poster wondered what malema would look like in an orange jumpsuit?

  • Victor - 2011-11-06 11:59

    It just shows the world how corrupt the ANC and their colleges are. Maybe the poor voters will now realise who's stealing the money. Libia, here we come

  • Nick - 2011-11-06 12:02

    I lolled at the headline. Malema's sugar daddy ha ha!

      anne.erasmus - 2011-11-07 11:53

      I too found it interesting since a sugar daddy usually implies a relationship where the older, wealthier man gives money and perks in return for sexual favours. Puts a whole new slant on Malema, doesn't it? Perhaps he should find a sugar mommy so people don't start wondering...

  • Namhla - 2011-11-06 12:15

    julius, we love you. don'tbe jellus of this white middle-class folk. they jellus becuse you hav money, like me.

      Wouter - 2011-11-06 12:25

      ..and using a crappy spellchecker, like you.

      Albert - 2011-11-06 12:32

      SARS knows all about my buseness.If i should receive a few million and don`t declare it,i will face jailtime.How do these people do it.Is SARS turning a blind eye?Are they also part of the "redistribution of wealth"scheme like ESCOM and the councils?.What do we have ministers of finance for? Are the not the gaurdians of the wealth of the country.This must stop.We should seriosly contemplate to withold taxes until these gangsters are behind bars.We only have the DA and Afriforum to fight these people.Please,my friend, join up and assist with this fight.We cannot let the barbarians rip this country to pieces.

      John - 2011-11-06 12:44

      Get an education...or a good spell checker

      Jeffrey - 2011-11-06 12:51

      I see you love Julius Malema as stated above. I see also that he is listed as an "interest" on your FB page. Love is in the air, hey Namhla. Incidentally, I would change your FB picture if I was you, you look like you're in the crapper there.

      lucky7 - 2011-11-06 13:33

      @Namhla let's not turn a blind eye, let's not justify what Julius is doing. We both know he's corrupt, he speaks for the poor. But he acts for himself. He enjoys the finer things in life with his emergent class of powerful friends. Wake up and smell the coffee, Malema is a two faced liar who use people like you to hate other races.

      Servaas - 2011-11-06 13:39

      @Namhla: You money? My installment on my car is probably more than you earn!

      Carolyn - 2011-11-06 17:11

      Ahhhhh Namhla, I have enough money of my own and so do most of the white middle class people which we acquired through hard work, not by greed and stealing money from the poor. Are you so blinded by racism that you can not see these people are robbing the mostly poor black people. Shame on you . I really do not know why I am bothering with an idiot like you. By the way it is jealous and not jellus.

      Marius - 2011-11-06 17:31

      Oh Namhla, take your racist tendencies somewhere else. Humba!

      Shoe - 2011-11-06 19:06

      Yes Namhla they are jealous. Jellus becuse Julius has 'education' like you; and body fat like you.

      Bianca - 2011-11-07 08:19 You are such a poster child for the ANYL!!!

      Mariano - 2011-11-07 14:25

      Did you also earn it illegally?

  • Mabake - 2011-11-06 13:54

    These media reports about genuine black businessman are disgusting. Why we don't hear of any white businessman benefitting from lucrative procurements in the private sector. Because media is closely linked to white capital monopoly. Media is practising "racism of a special type" perpetauted by the brainwashed black journalist. Stop criminalising black sucess in the name of "watchdogism." If there is corruption yes indeed you need to report that but if there is no evedence why do you have to tell us about Mabilu. This is gutter journalism which promotes narrow afropessimism. There is nothing corrupt about Mabilu but you just have problem that he is black millionare benefitted from state procument. That's jealousy.

      Rob - 2011-11-06 14:32

      Assuming the reported numbers are correct for the deal done by Mabilu in Polokwane.....Making a profit of R40 mil on a deal of R50 mil is not good business, it is blatant profiteering. There must be some smelly rats in there somewhere, must be the Mafia, or some very stupid people.

      gunofmine - 2011-11-06 16:45

      Mabake, i am in complete agreement with your statement, a black man with money is a huge thing in this country- me, i don't care how or where he gets his money from, as long as he's a BLACK millionaire, cause that money will spread through his family and their family's family, friends, cousins and even if it's gonna take forever- this disgustingly huge gap (rich/poor) will eventually decrease. I'm tired of writing essays, assignments about this 'gap'and if you're not concerned with this gap, than you don't belong in the democratic S.A- bounce#

      Kevin - 2011-11-07 08:48

      Mabake, for as long as you continue misguidedly defending them, they are going to carry on bleeding the country dry. R40 mil profit on a R50mil tender???? Can you see something wrong there? If the land is sold back to the Government, who pays for that??? Me and you (if you pay taxes). If you were a good businessman I would expect you to see that exorbitant profits come from our pockets and go straight to the 'successful black businessman'. Starting to see something wrong yet???

  • Kevin - 2011-11-06 14:30

    Time to de-thug the government and have a mandatory minimum 25 year sentence for any government or business thug that is involved in corruption,tender manipulation or theft from the government. Who would fight against this? Only the thugs.

  • Mike - 2011-11-06 14:44

    good f()ck I dont mind people making money, but this is ludicrous and absurd! This lot is operating like a legit Mafia, they are criminals stealing from everybody and the poor. Maaifoedie twats!!!!!

      Abram - 2011-11-08 09:14

      You are jeolous and racist who undermines blacks people.thieves are those who own land that was never sold to them.when they see a rich black man they think he is corrupt.there is no corruption in America why you don't just pack ur bags nd go.we are going fight for malema until hell break loose,u can't do anything.

  • William - 2011-11-06 14:53

    Like birds of a feather they flock together.

  • Levett - 2011-11-06 15:08

    As if Mabilu was not stupid enough to get married he's now implicated in Malema's corruption scandals too. What a double fool!

  • Dolf - 2011-11-06 15:18

    A Business man with tight connections to Government officials earning profits worth millions from government contracts? nope nothing fishy going on there ... just another day being a politician's friend in South Africa and Malema is in front fighting for his poor previously disadvantaged people. I wonder if he told his crowd of followers that he is going to Mauritius after their parade??

      Servaas - 2011-11-06 16:38

      Spot on Dolfie!

  • Chumscrubber1 - 2011-11-06 15:58

    Quite happy myself to see "black" success, but not at the expense of their own people. It seems the oke profitted massively out of land intended for housing - was it possibly housing for the poor? Inflated land price would result in less money available for houses - in order to massively enrich one individual. If true, certainly quite disgusting - especially since it is one "previously disadvantaged" individual enriching himself at the expense of other PD's. Seems the norm though?

  • Winsome - 2011-11-06 16:50

    I am truly sick of hearing of this windbag and his doings. When is someone going to actually do something about him?

  • rhenusm - 2011-11-06 18:06

    at least there is progress, am impressed but we need more action than drama

  • Tshilande - 2011-11-06 18:10

    who is paying city press,for,we will stop buying this news paper if you dont have more news than this,havent you see a person who have money before,comon dis is so old news,hire new jounalist,if they old 1 cnt find stories

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-11-07 09:51

      @Janine, FYI Mabix is from a very wealthy family his wealth alone is probably much more of your family combined.

      Jason - 2011-11-17 10:15

      Tshilande - Tip Top spelling and grammar my friend, really well done!

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-06 19:19

    The easily-fooled masses give assh*ls like this power, and the money will just keep flowing in for him.... WHY ELSE DO U THINK HE IS THERE, for the masses hahahaha what a joke....(it is just like Mugabe..GRAVY TRAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tshifhiwa - 2011-11-06 19:41

    i dont know how he got his tenders, but his work is top class, off all the tenders he has been involved at i cant fault his work. he delivers quality.

  • Mthuthuzeli - 2011-11-06 23:26

    "Shortly afterwards, Mabilu sold the land previously owned by the municipality to the Limpopo local government and housing department for R51m, making a profit of R40m." This is fukken criminal, pure money laundering and nothing else.

  • Juan - 2011-11-07 02:56

    This malema is such a fake. Condemming capatalism in front of his supporters while he is quite the capatalist and by crooked means. His follower's stupidity is mind boggeling. So gullible they are, shame

  • Grant - 2011-11-07 10:05

    So with Malema's time running out, who is the next corrupt one they hire or place in charge again in the ranks of the A.N.C as seems to be the order of the day.

  • Cynthia - 2011-11-07 10:17

    Is there even the remotest chance that our Public Protector can become our next President? Just a thought.

  • Ledwaba - 2011-11-07 10:34

    our tax money is being wasted big time here. oh lord pls intervene for your people's sake!!

      andrew.mbai.5 - 2012-11-03 20:13

      the way malemas case is being handled you will here that zuma some how deposited money into ratanag trust than the case will be closed

  • zamokwakhe.ntuli - 2011-11-07 11:03

    @Vusi, just because your father is black and owns a company that does not mean that he is entitled to anything. He need to earn it. I dont vote for ANC and actually i dont care about them - i believe that there are there to work for their families not for me. but fortunately i do get awarded with TENDERS because i am black and competent. Your dad still need to equip himself with entrepreneural skills and he need to focuss on tendering skills and costing and pricing skills. Good luck to him.

  • Shirley - 2011-11-07 12:54

    Malema and croanies are all bent,twisted and crooked and just love playing the "no one wants to see a black man succeed" card!

  • zaida.abdulla - 2011-11-07 13:28

    ANCYL = Bribery and corruption.

  • Phillip - 2011-11-08 09:51

    Hi? Mr Piet Rampedi we dont care whatever you write about Malema Ratanang Trust/this trust help my mother the wheelchair I also encourage all businnes people to deposit more money,this trust is realy helping the needy people.

  • Phillip - 2011-11-08 09:55

    Leave malema alone Mr Rampedi

  • Virginia - 2011-11-08 10:16

    I really think it is about time the majority people of this country relaised that the government and its officials have stolen the past 20 years, the present and their future. The government continues to blame this corruption and missmanagements on the apartheid and the white nation. Our majority people need to be looked after and cared about, biut they are not, the government is just passing laws so that the white nation will end up alongside the poor of this country.BEE and BBEE is not allowing the current population to go forward, its only causing more people to be retrenched because certain small and medium companies cannot maintain the credits that they have to have to gain government work, it only works for those who have money and have contacts with government officials, like our Tycoon Mr. Mabilu. These guys should be taken to task and there millions taken and spread amongst the poor, do exactly as you would when you are dealing with drug money, all momney obtained illegally should be used this way.

  • Whistler - 2011-11-17 06:51

    They must continue with the investigation into On-Point - Lesiba and JM have contacts inside Limpopo roads. They claim to be "consulting engineers", its garbage, they put together reports that are junk. its a way to get consulting fees running into millions, at least R30M per year was paid to ON-Point, they claim to "manage projects" but it does not happen, part of the consultants fees (average R1.5M per month) is [paid back to officials , then tenders are awarded, such as selby - selby does roads in tzaneen, selby pays malemas trust lots of money, also pays to his new house, The consulting fees look insignificant because the roads contracts run into massive amounts of money, so it gets lost. its all there, pull the consultants reports files from onpoint, they always look the same , month after month (just the amount differs) , then an invoice is paid, its was once R7M in ONE month. In 9 months, R28M was paid to JMs front called on-point. ON point knows what jobs are coming up for tender, then people like selby arrive neatly on the scene to do these projects as recommended by on point.

  • Alwyn - 2011-11-17 07:26

    Malema...."ME, MYSELF & I"

  • procold2 - 2011-11-17 08:07


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