New charges against Malema

2012-01-08 10:26

Johannesburg - Police are investigating new charges of corruption, fraud and theft against Julius Malema - this time relating to the "sale" of a plot in 2007. 

A former “friend” of Malema, businessman Matane Mphahlele, has now turned against the beleaguered ANC Youth League leader, accusing him of stealing a prime piece of land in Polokwane’s Ster Park suburb.

Mphahlele claims Malema, with the help of his lawyer and municipal officials, illegally transferred the plot to his [Malema’s] name and subsequently resold it, pocketing a cool 300% profit.

On Thursday last week, Mphahlele opened a criminal case against Malema, lawyer Maboku Mangena, Limpopo housing department head Clifford Motsepe and senior municipal officials at the Polokwane police office.

Police spokesperson Lesiba Ramoshaba confirmed that case number 1645/12/2011 was handed to the police’s commercial crimes unit to investigate.

Criminal probe

Malema’s finances are currently the subject of another criminal probe by the Hawks after City Press revealed the existence of Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust in July last year.

Now Malema is fighting claims by Mphahlele that he “grabbed” a plot that was allocated by the Polokwane Municipality to him in 2006.

Mphahlele said he was allocated land by the municipality on a first-come-first-serve basis in Ster Park, also known as “Tender Park”.

In his police statement, Mphahlele says that he was called to the office of PMK Tladi and Associates, attorneys in Polokwane, on June 28 2006 to sign a power of attorney for the sale to be registered.

Malema, Motsepe and a senior municipal officer were also present at the office when he signed the document, Mphahlele told City Press this week.


Mangena, a lawyer who had since left PMK Tladi, allegedly told Mphahlele he was the conveyancer.

Mphahlele claims he heard nothing from his lawyer or the municipality after signing the power of attorney in 2006.

Only in September last year, after receiving a call from a journalist who asked him about the “sale” of the plot to Malema, did Mphahlele make fresh enquiries.

Documents in a municipal file show that the property was registered in Mphahlele’s name on April 4 2007, but on the same day it was “purportedly transferred” to Malema for the same purchase amount - R222 300.

Deeds office records confirm that the property was transferred to Malema on the same day for the same amount. The next month, on May 29 2007, Malema sold the piece of land to Pazimo Trading Projects, a closed corporation belonging to businessman Carl Chabane, for R680 000 – an increase of more than 300% on the purchase price.

Mphahlele admits that he never paid a cent for the land, but claims under oath he never transferred the property to Malema or agreed for his lawyers to sell the plot.

His version of events

He accuses his lawyer, Mangena, of not informing him that the property had been transferred into his name and of failing to facilitate the payment of the purchase price.

Malema didn’t respond to questions this week, but his version of events is captured in author Fiona Forde’s book, An Inconvenient Youth.

Mphahlele, who he described as a friend, didn’t have money to continue the deal, Malema told Forde.

“And I said give it to me and he agreed. I went to the municipality and said ‘I’m going to pay the land for Matane, but it must be a double transfer’.

They said, ‘No, this is his site. And it must be like he is paying for the site and then he can legally transfer it to me’.”

Malema didn’t explain why, if Mphahlele ran out of funds, the land didn’t go back to the municipality and was offered to the next person on the waiting list.

Public interest

At the time he was provincial secretary of the ANCYL and a rising star in the ruling party.

Malema told Forde he took out a loan from Standard Bank to buy the plot, but wouldn’t say how much profit he made by selling the land.

He did tell her that he used the profit to put down a deposit on a R1 million house in Flora Park, Polokwane. Mphahlele denied not having money to pay for the stand and said he brought the charges “because it is in the public interest with all the corruption going on in government”.

Mphahlele was embroiled in a scandal in 2010 when it was reported he “hijacked” a company that benefited from the Gautrain contract.

He is currently suing Trade Minister Rob Davies, whose department made the claims, for defamation.

  • Yurak - 2012-01-08 10:36

    This guy is so evil!

      Morne - 2012-01-08 10:45

      No he is not. Evil is good compared to this bloke. Unlike Bob time is not his friend and soon this will all be over.

      Malcolm - 2012-01-08 11:58

      Champion of the poor!! but doesn't he just love the Capitalist lifestyle.(greed for money). Havent you noticed where he his hatred for whites stems from? He wants to have everything whites have but he is frustrated because he knows he has not got the intellectual capacity and skills to build a successful company and reap the rewards. So the only way is to steal from others and blame the whites. What a two faced conniving animal he his. Making a mockery out of the poor people.

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 12:00

      Great timing. Interesting that these facts are released just before Malema wants to embarrass the President in Bloem.

      ubhejane - 2012-01-08 12:22

      The more I tread comments on News24, the more I realise that South Africa has two opposing sides on either side of the political spectrum, both equally as uneducated as the other. The whites commenting on here are also crying about the money the poor blacks are crying about, who don't comment on here because they don't have computers. The whites on here call Malema an uneducated idiot, when in fact he is making Millions and just getting richer by the day. Is he stealing this money? No he isn't. Everybody would like to call the ANC corruption, a form of theft, but the hard reality is the following. No law in South Africa prohibits any politician or government official to have companies that share the tenders. It is lawful in South Africa to take as much of the tax payers' money as you can possibly lay your hands on. Is this right? No of course not, but at this moment in time, nobody within the ANC is actually stealing. Sharkshoot said Malema must go to jail. Malema will never see the inside of a jail because what he is doing is perfectly within the parameters of our law. People should stop moaning about the ANC and screech like a bunch of parrots about Malema. Malema and our rich politicians are not the problem. What we should be crying about and create a petition about, is that NO politician or government official should be allowed to tender. Until we all see this hard fact, we should all keep quiet and allow the politicians to steal us blind.

      Malcolm - 2012-01-08 12:40

      Umbhejane, wrong!!!, We are all just laughing at the contradictory statements (Especially when it comes to the so called Economic Freedom) that he makes and how his follows believe him.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 12:54

      Land reform from a criminal's perspective. This fat turd has evaded law enforcement for quite sometime now. Hopefully these charges hold weight, if not than heartburn and cholesterol will curb this problem. But without support from the ANC body chances of him standing fimly to face the charges are slim. His political existence is that of a shadow - we no his there but we have no use for him. Sadly thick minded mislead youth league are too blinded by empty promises to the point where they fail to see his true colours.

      CALAMITYSA - 2012-01-08 13:39

      ubhejane - Corruption IS theft. And corruption is an African culture. Hope it will change with evolution! It will take long - though.

      Yar - 2012-01-08 14:42

      @Ubhejane You are clueless about law. Every statement you make is wrong.

      Heinrich - 2012-01-08 16:26

      ubhejane : This is but one of the outcomes your organisation should have. The rule books should be rewritten. By the people this time. But most people, it seems, are content to move in a circular path, judging by many comments on this forum.

      Juan - 2012-01-08 16:47

      No he is just a greedy little pig, whose past is begining to catch up with him. Shame

      Spyker - 2012-01-08 17:07

      I spoke to a reasonably well known financial adviser a few weeks ago (at a year-end thing). He/she had a few drinks, so I took my chance.., I asked: if you could, hypothetically, give a SINGLE piece of no holds barred advice to ANY SAcan (ie not a person of a specific gender, age or race - anybody in SA), not necessarily financial advice, just advice in general..? NOW, YOU CAN TAKE THIS ANY WAY YOU FEEL LIKE, BUT THIS IS WHAT THE PERSON SAID: If you can get you hands on a 'Green Card' then take it - NOW..! The person said, the corruption in SA is so systemic that SA will have to be destroyed first (a bit like Zim), before it can be cured in the process. Coupled with the absolute lawlessness and SA's shocking productivity, there is NO long-term future here. He/she said that none of the advisers will tell you this - it is not in their own interest, but if you see their private portfolio's - they all (bar none) have as much funds overseas as is legally/practically possible.

      Andries - 2012-01-09 07:54

      You say this of your future president?

      Mattewis - 2012-01-09 12:29

      @Andries Of course he's the future president, probably the very next one! He doesn't have as much time as his predecessors to fulfill all the requirements, hence he's doing the cram course!

      procold2 - 2012-01-09 13:13

      so much for see white domestics in 10 years time,think all he is going to see is the inside of jail cell(if his kidneys are in good shape that is)

  • mario - 2012-01-08 10:37

    Once upon a time there was a boy called Julius Malema.............

      Ian - 2012-01-08 11:33

      no no a fat boy, or more likely a fat kid

      Squeegee - 2012-01-08 12:12

      More and more "friends" will come out of the woodwork (pun intended) to accuse Kiddy Amin.

      Peter - 2012-01-08 12:31


      Yar - 2012-01-08 15:47

      @Peter He could be JZ's son. Juju wouldn't know.

      Patsy - 2012-01-08 20:15

      Unfortunately he grew up...

  • Sam - 2012-01-08 10:38

    Who cares.... U can charge him as many times as you like... Another YL leader is coming, far worse than Malema, ur going to miss him

      rbczovczov - 2012-01-08 10:51

      I don't know who issues the most idle threats, you or Liverpool threatening to win The Premier League every other season.

      Bee2205 - 2012-01-08 11:07

      @rbczovczov - you just made my day!! LOL!!!

      Bundubabe - 2012-01-08 12:00

      You may be right... every devil that emerges from the last one is ten times worse!

      Sam - 2012-01-08 12:06

      Dude it is not a threat, ur always threatened, relax the best is yet to come. Viva ANC.... stop shaking in yr boots. Go out and celebrate the 100 years of ANC existance

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 12:57

      Let me guess your midget brain is next in line to inherit stupidity and a belly

      deabreu - 2012-01-08 12:58

      Why that the biggest racists making comments seem to belong to the ANC?

      Sean - 2012-01-08 13:12

      @ Sam - Just shows how ``thick`` you are ! @ rbczovczov- class comment :)

      Xenswim1 - 2012-01-08 13:29

      You mean to tell us that this lying ANc - The N word Lol - never ever questioned what happend to that land he was "given" until he was reminded that he may still own it. That according the other lying ANc - the N word Lol- Malema he did a big favour for a mate. I have another leg, pull it. Any bets IF Ju-Ju is imprisoned he will follow the rest of the the dying ANC criminals and be given parrol.

      tieniehenning - 2012-01-08 13:39

      Brainless IDIOT! People like you paracites will soon discover nothing lasts for ever. Put your face on your profile pic or are you just a coward like your brainless paracite friend Malema... BIG MOUTH with no GUTS!

      Riaan - 2012-01-08 14:10

      I take it you're no one of these intellectuals. LOL And give it times. You will end up killing each other. It's the African way.

      Sam - 2012-01-08 14:34

      Riaan, we know fact that you guys have been hoping and praying for that. Even whites have killed each other in the past, and they still gonna kill each other in future so u Mr Smart dumb s, yr screwed. Maybe PAC was right, we shud throw all of u guys in the ocean. Damm... julle maak my naar. Today it is not about Malema, it is about ANC

      Riaan - 2012-01-08 15:00

      Back at you sammy. You guys make me sick (literally). Again the operative word is "past". We killed each other in the past, but we have evolved in the mean time. How's that for a come back?

      Riaan - 2012-01-08 15:02

      Oh and you can come and try to throw us in the ocean. At least we can swim and we will also not succumb so easily.

      Sam - 2012-01-08 16:17

      Naah we won do that, we gonna le jealousy kill you... We just gonna succeed and pull together, let u complain and live on Malema's winnie... Yr not clued in SA hey, u may go to yr evolved people or cry about Malema 24/7 we don care we happy today 100 years baba

      Juan - 2012-01-08 16:49

      Well he tickeled my funny bone more than once, guess I will miss him. I just hope he doesn't develope Shaikilitis in jail

  • Ben S - 2012-01-08 10:41

    He has earned the right to be put away for a long time. Go for it.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 12:58

      Not put away but put down by the SPCA since his a dog.

      Sean - 2012-01-08 13:14

      @ Ben S - His supporters don`t think so ! That d@@s must be put down like a rabid dog !

  • Silvana - 2012-01-08 10:41

    I'm really getting bored with all the allegations against Malema. We know the man is all that is mad and evil. Call me when you formally charge him. (If ever!)

  • Martin Lamprecht - 2012-01-08 10:43

    I can not beleve how all of his followers cant se wat he is doing. He deserves serious jail time

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:48

      That's why it is not suprising that his followers on Twitter are dumb, dumber and dumberer

  • cameronjohnprice - 2012-01-08 10:44

    Sick bay - here we come!!!

      Amanda - 2012-01-08 12:06

      at the rate the investigations are being done, we will all be VERY old or very dead, there will be no sick these corrupt specimens would have lived out their lives in luxury!

      Gerhard - 2012-01-08 12:45

      I sincerely hope that the authorities have prepared a suitable high class ward in one of South Africa's best hospitals with all the most modern and luxurious fixings for our hero of the poor. After all he has so unselfishly done for the poor he deserves the best. I for one will gladly pay my tax towards his incarceration for the rest of his life.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:44

      Give this fat kid more fast food and let cholesterol and heartburn take its course.

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-01-08 10:48

    He needs jail time to give him better ANC credentials.

  • ubhejane - 2012-01-08 10:54

    As much as I oppose the ANC, I would not have published this report today. I would have had this report stand over till tomorrow out of respect for the fact that the ANC is celebrating their centenary today. This was bad taste on the behalf of News24! Extremely Bad Taste.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-01-08 10:58

      They don't deserve any respect mate. Not on their last 17 years' performance scorecard.

      ubhejane - 2012-01-08 11:03

      @Goodthing. This report has been copied and pasted from some other website. Look at the different fonts. I miss some facts in this report. We have a deeds office in South Africa and it isn't this easy to steal property. I stand by my point. I don't have anything good to say about the way the ANC runs this country or about Malema, but I would have had this stand over till tomorrow to research the facts. This is tacky!

      ubhejane - 2012-01-08 11:08

      My anger at this moment is, once again Malema is allowed by the media to take centre stage! The media have indeed created this monster. South Africa would have been far better off if the media didn't have this obsession with Malema. He isn't the only one stealing, if in fact this was a theft.

      Jenny - 2012-01-08 11:30

      Agree Ubhejane - we need all the facts, but you are right in saying the media are helping Malema by giving him so much coverage. Wish he would just disappear!

      Alva - 2012-01-08 11:48

      The truth is never convenient when trying to hide it.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:08

      Obviously you are not a journalist - if you were you would realize that news is IMMEDIATE, hence the term breaking news. News is supposed to be objective, if news 24 released this report on Monday they would than be regarded as bias. People, organization and other political parties celebrate birthdays, regardless of how special the event is it doesnt grant them immunity from being scrutinized by the media when they make blunders.

      Thandi - 2012-01-08 13:22

      Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

      CALAMITYSA - 2012-01-08 13:43

      ubhejane - Open your eyes to reality - you can not condone it!!

      Heinrich - 2012-01-08 16:45

      ubhejane : Relax. I see a bleeding cow entering the Amazon river. I see a red herring. I see the perfect bait. Let's see who takes it, hook line and sinker.

  • jonessierob - 2012-01-08 10:56


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      sean.redmond3 - 2012-01-08 11:51

      I SO hope so.

      Peter - 2012-01-08 12:33


      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:38

      In prison he will be even more screwed

  • braamc - 2012-01-08 10:59

    Malema + ANC = Fraud and corruption, who unusual. He's finished, this is nothing.

  • Beetroot - 2012-01-08 11:00

    Political thug in a nappie

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:37

      More like a product of what's in the nappy

  • Robi - 2012-01-08 11:01

    Who cares, Malema has been reported many times without progress. Why must we believe this time.

  • Hennie - 2012-01-08 11:07

    Neverending story of a fool....

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:34

      Intelligence to Malema is like a fairy tale - it doesnt really exist

  • Willie - 2012-01-08 11:08

    The past will come back to you.....ten fold !!! The sign of a "hasbeen" !!!???

  • John - 2012-01-08 11:13

    Europe is full of white domestic workers. Malema is just ignorant.

      colin.dovey - 2012-01-08 12:59

      My wife is a white domestic....she does all her own housework, and the garden.....I double up as a garden helper :-) - safer that way

      Andries - 2012-01-09 07:58

      My wife is the domestic worker - that is the place for a woman - none of this flitting around some white women do. She must be barefoot in winter, pregnant in summer and if she is not in the kitchen she must be by the cot.

      derekneilmaclachlan - 2012-01-09 12:05

      @ Andries....I hope that was said tongue in cheek....because if she reads this you wont have the utensils to get her pregnant in summer

  • Rocky - 2012-01-08 11:16

    Poor Julius - Kicked out of his Youth League job, not allowed a platform at the Centenary Celebrations party and now this!! I think he's being victimised

      Albert - 2012-01-08 11:29

      If you want to become a popular black leader,all you have to do is to shout the odds at the white man.They are all kraalchiefs,no politicians. From Zuma to Jesse Jackson.

      rbphiri - 2012-01-08 13:32

      With such a comment your brain is certainly exhibiting signs of being victimized by stupidity.

  • Stefan.Naartjie - 2012-01-08 11:18

    Nek minnit... charges dropped due to insufficient evidence

  • Grant - 2012-01-08 11:19

    Nothing will come of this. If the hawks/police/SARS were serious, Malema would have been arrested long ago. My belief is that Malema has too much info on other top ANC officials. Similer to when Zuma was being charged : he said he would not go down alone and the next thing charges were dropped. To say the country is in a mess would be an understatement.

  • Joseph - 2012-01-08 11:22

    It is very strange that all these allegations against Malema are coming up after the rumours that the current president of the ruling party will not get ANCYL support during Mangaung 2012 elective conference. Mphahlele claim is another attempt to destroy Malema. When dragons chased JZ and they had his back against the wall, this Malema guy was there to defend JZ and he was a great man. Malema has touched on issues that the mother body is scared to address. One wonders why ANC leadership gives an impression that indigenous blacks have achieved economic freedom and that the same group has access to land. Quite frankly, more than 80% of indigenous blacks are still living under a grinding poverty. The most frustrating issue is that there is no plan to address the prevailing situation, which means that indigenous blacks have no future. Those who are employed (indigenous blacks) are just a month away from bankruptcy.

      Albert - 2012-01-08 11:31

      You will still come to the bitter conclusion that only hard work can save you

  • Sharon - 2012-01-08 11:30

    And the saga continues.......

  • Nkosinathi - 2012-01-08 11:31

    Malema is an insult to us blacks who are aware that this Mugabe in making bicme a monster that was used by those who wanted to unsit Thabo Mbeki now the snake has grown big and is biting those that were feeding it pies. ANC has been turned into a circus by this thing. I-Malema is just a black Tere Blanch more of Mugabe like and it is a sad thing because Malema introduces racism when in actual fact we had Braam Fitcher, Naud, Bizos,Helen Suzman and many many progressive minded whites who were in our struggle.

      Schalk Jonker - 2012-01-08 14:18

      well done. you make sence

  • Janice - 2012-01-08 11:32

    And so it goes on and on and on and................

  • Kevin Nicklin - 2012-01-08 11:36

    It goes on and on and this fraud is still given recognition by ANC and the freedom to represent himself as he pleases. I honestly fear for this country's future if this is going to be the calibre of our leadership!

  • Americo - 2012-01-08 11:42

    Julius Failed Carpenter Malema - Cant wait to see you behind bars. At least we know you cant use tools to get out

  • Mahomed Dawjee - 2012-01-08 11:53

    I enjoy it the most when they steal from their own people

  • Heks - 2012-01-08 11:53

    Sick of the name!!!!!

  • Roy - 2012-01-08 12:13

    Lets hope and pray that after investigating all this corruption against this moron, when and not if, found guilty they punish him to the fullest. If this is not done this will prove that the ANC is not fit to run this country because it only benefits the those who are the biggest crooks.

  • leko.dada1 - 2012-01-08 12:29

    Why news24 is not focusing on the ANC birthdae? and be constructive in building the nation than feeding us with absurd information...clearly media is desperate to defect/paint ANC,Malema and all successful black people as corrupt.

      Roy - 2012-01-08 12:44

      You are all corrupt from the President down so how can anyone be constructive unless you are part and parcel of a corrupt ANC who are bleeding this country dry.

      Sanet Oelofse - 2012-01-08 13:06

      Successful black people and Malema in one sentence? I recon being corrupt to you is a good thing.

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 12:32

    Everytime Julius tries to promote his political ambitions , stories appear to expose his shady business deals. It's obvious he would get no where with out the political cookie jar. It's just a matter of time before he chokes on a big cookie. Give him the rope , he will hang himself.

  • Rory Neil Price - 2012-01-08 13:09

    Be cool guys he is still going to be Pwesident one day, only difference is, he will have bigger and deeper pockets

  • Medicare.EMR - 2012-01-08 13:27

    Lets hope the charges don't stick, because it will then put him in the running for president with all the newly gained "qualifications" lol

      Gregory Jurgens - 2012-01-08 15:14

      Thanks for the laugh.

  • tmaphiza - 2012-01-08 13:34

    give e man a brake

      Heinrich - 2012-01-08 20:59

      He's got one, but he prefers the loud pedal.

  • CALAMITYSA - 2012-01-08 13:36

    SARS - Please confirm that he has been taxed on the profit!

  • Obie - 2012-01-08 13:49

    Put the man in jail already.. take the rest of the ANC with please. Its only once the anc are truely out of the picture will SA get better. They overthrew a racist regime and now imploy racist idealogies on the opposite scale. Get rid of the party that overthrew apartheid and set South Africa finally free.

  • Grant - 2012-01-08 13:50

    My take on this is that the so called charges are just part of the power struggle going on in the ANC. If Malema and his cronies were to emerge victorious (which they may well do) see how soon all charges and investigations will be dropped.

  • Sam - 2012-01-08 14:04

    Today it is about the ANC, Mr Small mind editor please focus on the main course, we did explain that we will get back to our issues on monday, yeses!!!!

  • Obie - 2012-01-08 14:10

    when is he actually going to be charged and sentenced. we had this ooh aah about his triel and still he's out of controll. sentence and serve

  • alan.erwin1 - 2012-01-08 15:14

    CORRUPT AND ROTTON JUST RIGHT FOR THE NEXT LEADER OF THA ANC. Just remember voter when you vote ANC you vote for more like this, so you deserve all you get and all you never will get.

  • Jimmy Mhlanga - 2012-01-08 15:16

    Where there is a smoke there is fire, this man is a shame to the poor black people. It clear that there is a problem between him and the whites. I'm just sick and tired when he uses our poor people for his benefits.....sick of capitalist.

      Donaker - 2012-01-08 15:27

      It is NOT capitalism, it's called corruption. Look at capitalist Europe where thousands of Africans are fleeing to yearly, many dying on the way there. If capitalism was so bad they would not be doing that.

  • Gail - 2012-01-08 17:03

    Unless the name of Malema appeared in a headline on News24 the site would close down!

  • dawnkearsey5 - 2012-01-08 17:38

    Yes, well this is no surprise, the only problem really is you never know what is coming next. Very evil man. Dangerous for all of the African continent with his views.

  • mashavha - 2012-01-08 17:50

    this moron must go to jail asap damn

  • Ken - 2012-01-08 17:50

    Simple question. If the money was paid by Malema, who received the R200 300? If it was Mphahlele, then (not happy but)legally Malema appears to have a legal contract. How Mphahlele obtained ownership is another question altogether.

  • Vic - 2012-01-08 18:00

    How much more is going to be uncovered, before Meal-ema hangs himself. Everytime he opens his mouth, he's lying.

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  • JuditVictor - 2012-01-08 19:02

    Well, it's about time this story becomes a civil matter and not strictly a private case for the ANC behind closed doors.This country CANNOT be such a laughing stock in the world. Somewhere we've got to at least "look" like we're going forward in justice.

  • GoodFella - 2012-01-08 19:16

    I am going to register at the closest institution that offers woodwork! Acquiring a MBA was such a waste! And to be top of the game, I am going to study "successfuly attaining tenders" as a second!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-01-08 19:25

    The great irony is that Malema (and some others, not all!) are now just as corrupt as the wicked system they fought.