Men linked to FYL get big tenders

2012-09-21 12:51

Johannesburg - Two men linked to the Friends of the Youth League (FYL) have allegedly benefited from multi-million rand contracts with the University of Limpopo, according to a report on Friday.

However, FYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu has rejected this as a "cheap and lousy claim".

The university confirmed that in July last year, it awarded a R27.8m tender for the conversion of a gymnasium into a laboratory to Collins Foromo, the Mail & Guardian reported.

Foromo was once a driver for expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema.

Questions about who funds the FYL

Foromo told the M&G he was invited to all FYL rallies, but he denied contributing to the organisation.

Questions have been raised about who funds the FYL, an organisation which was formed after Malema was expelled.

The university also awarded Mandla Seopela, one of the founders of the FYL, a three-year lease for dining facilities on campus, the M&G reported.

The newspaper was unable to establish the value of the deal.

The university confirmed that it awarded the tender to Seopela's company, Bohlaleng Foods, in January last year.

Seopela has been quoted as a spokesperson for the FYL, and works as a speech-writer for Limpopo Premier and Malema ally Cassel Mathale, according to the report.

The newspaper reported that it had been told that the higher education department had questioned the awarding of the two university contracts, although the department denied this.

‘Cheap and lousy claim’

The M&G alleged that the FYL was using the university to fund its activities.

Shivambu denied this.

"This cheap and lousy claim is made because of comrade Mandla Seopela's open and unashamed association with struggles of economic freedom fighters, which he said on various occasions is due to the fact that the leadership of the ANC Youth League... was treated unfairly and should be supported."

Foromo and Seopela "have a right to be economically active and involve themselves in legitimate economic activities", Shivambu said.

He called on the M&G to provide proof that university money was being used to fund FYL programmes.

"The reality is that we have resorted to grassroots mobilisation methods and political activities, which never needed any funding from anybody," he said.

  • carl.erler.5 - 2012-09-21 13:06

    The university confirmed that in July last year, it awarded a R27.8m tender for the conversion of a gymnasium into a laboratory to Collins Foromo, the Mail & Guardian reported. Foromo was once a driver for expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. How does a former "Driver" suddenly handle that kind of conversion ??

      hester.matmer.3 - 2012-09-21 13:46

      The same our president JZ with his std 4 certificate.

      alan.jerrold - 2012-09-21 14:22

      lesetjam - I despair when I hear you talk. You KNOW that the ANCYL is totally crooked. You also know that it takes real skills to develop a laboratory. But you continue to support blatant crookery, and yet I suppose, expect to be respected? Next time you need a medical operation - say an appendix removed - you are going to ask a taxi driver to do it? It is better to appear a fool and remain silent than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-09-21 14:44

      lesetjam, you also seem to forget that the money that this "driver" is being paid that makes him a millionaire comes from the poor in the community, the ones that pay the taxes to keep the university going and spend their hard earned money on the university for their kids' education. All you can see is a black brother getting money, which is all good and well, unless it comes from people who already have very little. Stealing from the poor to make the rich richer. And that's okay with you? And seriously dude, what does Afriforum have to do with this? They are funded by donations, like anyone else, they do not give out tenders to anyone or anything. Shows you how little you understand. And seriously, what does a driver know about creating a labratory? Typical Limpopo, who also awarded a multi million rand contact in Burgersfort area to fix the roads to someone's mom. She does not even have a company, only a wheelbarrow, and has to hike a lift to Nelspruit to go buy materials. And the roads are worse than ever. BUT HEY, on the bright side, theres one rich old black lady. Who cares about the hundreds killed in taxi accidents on the roads with holes... You close-minded fool.

      edwin.i.jay - 2012-09-21 16:48

      @lesetjam - Yes it is perfectly normal for a taxi driver to be awarded a multimillion dollar building contract. And he just happens to work for Julius Malema. You are either extremely gullible or just plain stupid and stuborn...or you are also working for julius malema. Therefore nobody unfortunately can take you seriously. Thank you for providing a good laugh though.

  • ingrid.oberholzer - 2012-09-21 13:07

    It's amazing how JM will somehow still get his financial cut, and the rot set is.

      johan.vanhoff - 2012-09-21 13:41


  • boltonbarry - 2012-09-21 13:09

    Stanline that would be cANCerous :-)

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-09-21 13:09

    Do u know whats strange, julius never says a thing bad about cassel mathale? The leader of the most corrupt province in africa. Yes, that same province who cant suply textbooks

      Erna - 2012-09-21 13:20

      Not strange at all - they're bosom buddies.

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 13:46

      Vandeventer.sarel. Cassel Mathale gave Julius his very expensive 4x4. Now you know.

  • vandeventer.sarel - 2012-09-21 13:10

    Do u know whats strange, julius never says a thing bad about cassel mathale? The leader of the most corrupt province in africa. Yes, that same province who cant suply textbooks

  • mantothieve.missingman - 2012-09-21 13:10

    Dont come on here and tell this to the tax payers we know these criminals steal the money , go and inform their supporters who are now begging to make it trough the day , Bet they can even read!

  • phumi.ntlabati - 2012-09-21 13:10

    Media 24 and prime media are running a counter-offensive campaign to discredit Malema! This is gutter journalism at its best! Why our government is still tip-toeing around the Media Appeals Tribunal, is mind boggling? Who knows maybe this brown envelope journalism, is attached to narrow Mangaung under tones, where only those with selfish ambitions want to retain their positions at all cost!

      kala.bafazi - 2012-09-21 13:18

      Phumi - Please explain what a "counter-offensive campaign" is. You and your ancyl buddies (and I'm sure you are a member, judging by the absolute cr@pp you write) should take time to use less words that are above your intellect.

      Sharon - 2012-09-21 13:22

      How can reporting FACTS be a counter offensive campaign? And I think the M & G is a respected publication that does not stoop to gutter journalism. Why does it not sink in that Malema and his side kicks are trash, criminals probably, and only act when they think they can benefit in some way? He is a "man in the street" like the rest of us and God only knows why he gets so much publicity. I am so sick of his ugly face and pathetic ranting and raving. The rest of you need to wake up.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-21 13:38

      Big words to impress who?

      jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 13:50

      Phumi.ntlabati. So you want all newspapers with their mouths shut?. Let's see how you would react when the government starts stealing from you and you know nothing about it. Censorship is the death of democracy that is a huge price you are willing to pay to keep the thieves stealing the country blind. Gutter press is what the ANC use, if that is to your liking be my guest.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-09-21 14:08

      @Phumi - Huh???!!

      paulvernonza - 2012-09-21 14:16

      @Phumi Like every other ANC zombie, you unfortunately can talk up a storm and point fingers and that's where it stops. Like the ANC (Whatever) it always somebody else. Well intelligent folk are able see how preposterous your statement is. With 675 Billion yess 675,000,000,000,000 rand missing from tax payer contributions according to the Auditor General. The more likely would be cadre deployment, nepotism, cronyism, crime and corruption. You have just proved that only and idiot wouldn't be able to put 2 and 2 together (BTW equals 4) I also notice the vast amount of retractions posted here !!! @Kala I think you have a stumping here!!!

      merven.halo - 2012-09-21 14:16

      'How can reporting FACTS be a counter offensive campaign? ' Don't try to understand the ANCYL mentality, I don't think they understand themselves.

      paulvernonza - 2012-09-21 14:36

      @ Kala After much research is have found the answer to what "Counter Offensive "is WARNING EXPLICIT WARNING EXPLICIT WARNING EXPLICIT

  • linda.nzimamazibuko - 2012-09-21 13:16

    if the Hawks or SAPS have evidence against Malema he would have been charged by now. It is surprising that even today only the media speculates, the Hawks should just tell us that they have not find anything or they themselves have benefited from his ill-obtained funds

      michael.rampatla - 2012-09-21 13:28

      News24 just write to give anti - Malema cronies a little bit of peace of mind

  • sifiso.msimango - 2012-09-21 13:20

    may be i am dom, i dont understand how the government works, this is clear, media and the university have confirmed the fyl tender fraud, but guess what, the government will institute a commission of inquiry that will further spill taxpayers money down the drain to investigate the obvious theft. and after that no one will go to jail.

  • Daniel Mah - 2012-09-21 13:21

    whats new - nothing at all

  • michael.rampatla - 2012-09-21 13:25

    If the is any wrongdoing why they can't arrest them. The SAPS, SARS and the Hawks has been investigating Malema for the past 3 years.

      henk.vanrensburg.31 - 2012-09-21 13:39

      As soon as they are arrested they will spill the beans on the rest of them. That is what happens if everybody are corrupt. Want a banana Michael?

  • sisie.indola - 2012-09-21 13:25

    Of course they do - did you really think that these dimwits would actually go out and look for a job - that is the joke of the year. And do you really think they care - why should they - most of the money they are stealing are from the taxpayer, not "their" people - who vote for them time and time again.

  • mandla.makhubela.54 - 2012-09-21 13:26

    die boikies chau little money, what about zuma and wives

  • yvonne.c.martin.71 - 2012-09-21 13:32

    Really @ phumi... What you smoking dude??

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-09-21 13:37

    What gets my goat is that we hear of Malemas immenant arrest,tender irregularities etc,yet this goes on daily without so much as an eye brow raised by government. When eventually someone does notice,they tie it up in red tape so long that the whole exercise was pointless to begin with!

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-09-21 13:44

    I would love to know who are the financial backers behind this lot. Some high up ANC person once invited me to come and live in Limpopo. Glad I didn't, on the other hand look at the tenders I may have received by now!!!!!!.

      richard.bosmano - 2012-09-21 14:04

      Chinese food anyone?

  • sk.malatsi - 2012-09-21 13:48

    whats wrong with getting a tender and being a member of FYL? whats wrong with a man who improves his life from being a driver to starting a company and getting tenders? is it because hes black? is it because he is associated with Malema? besides unfounded allegations made by the media, what wrong did Malema do? which law did he brake? which fraudulent activity was he found guilty on? take a moment a think about it ...forget about the media for a while will realise you are hating for no real reason.

      kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-09-21 14:16

      Pointless telling you as you still just won't get it. Eish :(

      mzuvukile.maswana - 2012-09-21 15:19

      Eyi chief if this true then it would be a mockery of the system. For such an amount of tender you need to have experience of such work that is required. Even if you are going to outsource it to a reputable contractor.

  • bevan.carpenter.1 - 2012-09-21 13:54

    The worst part about this story is the regularity of the theme, barely interests me anymore

  • johnspook.fourie - 2012-09-21 13:57

    Are we surprised???

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-09-21 13:58

    What a joke this country is. Banana Republic ala ANC.

  • leigh.legonidec - 2012-09-21 14:01

    Hands up everyone who thinks Floyd is telling the truth..........anybody? one???? Thats what I thought:)

  • dave.nutter.75 - 2012-09-21 14:04

    Cannot stop putting there hands in the till.

  • joanne.hart.589 - 2012-09-21 14:15

    What is the registration no. of the Friends of the Youth League? How are they paying for bodyguards, travel expenses etc? It's a bit confusing - do all the members have jobs & fund their activities on their own?

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-21 14:39

    Here your answer as to who is bankrolling Malema. It is never going to stop as long as the ANC are in power, they are corrupt and all in it together, Taxpayers are breaking their backs to support this country and infact all we are doing is keeping these corrupt mambas in luxuary. Tenders are dished out and inflated to double and more and we keep sponsoring them so they can enrich themselves while we get poorer and poorer. The white peopled get blamed because the disadvantaged are not getting uplifted yet they are blind to see who is actually getting rich and not sharing. When will people wake up and open their eyes and their ears. When they have chased away the minority and they are who is going to fight to keep things in perspective in this country. Mothers are devastated of having to send their children away to another country to get a University education and a job which is denied to them in this country, yet the rest of the world only hears about how the poor are suffer, yes and who is making them suffer their own people. One day the world will see through this as well and then what are they going to do. They will roam the streets like rabid hungry dogs fighting for scraps.

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-09-21 14:47

    The sins of the fathers will be paid by their children! Our black ancestors lost the fight will the white men, and we paid dearly for that. And we still continue to pay for our ancestors' faults. \r\nThe whites of today will pay for the faults of their ancestors too. Verwoerd and company made sure a black men never come close to big money as well as better education. Todays' mustn't ever dream that they not gonna pay the price. They will complain and complain, just like our forebearers did. And Verwoerd couldn't listen.\r\nPropaganda of using media will not work as most blacks now subscribe to Biko's philosophy than never before. We can read between the lines these days! \r\nViva comrade Juju viva. Juju for president in 2032!

      winifred.watson.9 - 2012-09-21 15:42

      Masupa.tsela, just look the world is your oyster now and look how many black people have come through and made respectable people of themselves. They have not waited for somebody to come and give them a piece of land and an Absa Banking account whereby money is deposited monthly. Those black people who have bought themselves houses and cars in our suburbs enjoy what they work hard for. In life nothing is free, if you believe that you are in for a hard fall, you pay to come into this world you pay to leave. Ancestors dont have anything to do with it. Life is what you yourself make of it, it is only you that have that control. So either work at it, or sit and wait for the messiah to arrive as they promised. Your own ancestors sold you out and also without the white man you would still be sitting outside your little hut in your loin cloth, your kids tending the cattle and your wife stamping the mealies. Why do black people continually walk backwards and nor forwards, what are they afraid of, you are free, free to work free to jack up your education, free to accomplish your dreams and that of your chilren, do keep going back, nothing from the past is going to support you. Dont be afraid, step out and do something meaningful with your life

  • JamesMWood - 2012-09-21 14:50

    What exactly does a driver know about building coversions and laboratiries, and a speechwriter about catering, wow

  • mark.n.wade - 2012-09-21 14:57

  • Notrax123 - 2012-09-21 15:18

    Limp-po-po is is thats coming out of the FYL's mouths. Floyd your'e going to be lonely person, with your "better half" entering " The Home Sweet Home Away From Home System" soon.

  • magomarele - 2012-09-21 15:19

    University of Limpopo is a very corrupt institution. I'm not surprised when they're busy abusing the resources of their poor students to fund Juju and FYL. They have no proper leadership at all. Prof Mokgalong is in the pockets of Malema and Mandla Seopela.

  • keith.ngobeni - 2012-09-21 18:46

    That's why these fools(ANCYL) want nationalization because they know that their looting spree will benefit more under the disguise of empowerment. Those who sings for nationalisation and farm seizures thinking or hoping to be amongst the beneficiaries you're fooling yourself because you should learn from the current tender system how dubious it works.

  • krish.reddy.104 - 2012-09-21 21:45

    The truth shall prevail.

  • mathivha.obert - 2012-09-23 17:57

    If expelling Malema from the ANC meant all who shares his views must be isolated and never get opportunities in a free & democratic society, then we must agree that we are becoming an intolerant & funny society. Questioning is not wrong, but focus must be on principles rather than a desire to isolate a political opponent who hold full rights like any other citizen. We must stop reducing everything into conspiracy theories as we have seen since Zuma ascended to power. Leaders spent more time suspecting each other than they do with their elected responsibilities. The Marika tragedy revealed how much ANC & NUM were so defensive & concerned about "incitement" than reality on the ground. Early warning factors for civil disobedience and unrest are firmly in place & trying to link this to Malema, tenders & so forth shows lack of leadership. The ANC must mirror itself & stop scapegoat-mongering

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