Malema assets must be frozen, DA urges

2012-10-11 21:27

Johannesburg - Expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's assets must be frozen after it was found that he benefited from an unlawful tender, the DA said on Thursday.

"Law enforcement must now take swift action and freeze all of Malema's properties and bank accounts until he can justify how he got this wealth in a court of law," Democratic Alliance Limpopo leader Jacques Smalle said in a statement.

"Malema and his associates must now justify how they amassed their wealth and properties. It cannot be acceptable that they continue to live lavish lifestyles in the face of the damning public protector's findings."

Earlier, provincial spokesperson Desiree van der Walt said Limpopo Economic Development MEC Pinky Kekana must step down, after Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her report detailing the unlawful tender process between the provincial transport department and On-Point Engineers.

"The MEC clearly cannot be trusted with holding public office any more and must do the honourable thing and resign," she said.

Kekana approved the tender during her tenure as transport MEC. She was appointed as MEC for economic development in March.

Madonsela said on Wednesday the MEC had done so unlawfully.

Van der Walt said Kekana's "wrong-doing" could not be ignored now that she was in a new position.

"After all, the wrong-doings attributed by the public protector to her previous department all happened when she was still at the helm of roads and transport.

"This is a crisp example of a closed, crony system where state tenders are a conduit to enrich political allies," she said.

"We expect MEC Kekana's immediate resignation in light of the findings of the public protector."

The provincial transport department declined to comment on the report on Thursday.

"We will be responding to what the public protector is saying. It is only that at this stage we are not ready, because we have not gone through the report," the department's spokesperson Joshua Kwapa told SAfm.

Madonsela found that the tender was unlawful and that On-Point and Malema benefited improperly from this.

Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa is chief executive of On-Point.

Kwapa said the department only received the protector's report at 18:00 on Wednesday, the same day Madonsela addressed the media on the matter.

"We have to first study the report... when we say we are studying the report, it is seen as a delaying tactic.

"You must remember that we have to come out of this a responsible department, coming up with a statement that will be representative of what we have consumed," said Kwapa.

Madonsela received three complaints in July 2011 and decided to investigate allegations that the department of roads and transport awarded the On-Point tender corruptly.

  • lownabester - 2012-10-11 21:31

    That should have been the 1st thing to do!!!!

      squeegee.pilot - 2012-10-11 21:46

      Great, after they are frozen break them off. Oh, those assets... yes freeze them too.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-10-11 21:52

      And while they're at it.. those fat lips should be frozen shut too!

      henryian73 - 2012-10-11 22:00

      Kill for Zuma now Kill Zuma but seems to me this little big fattie more corrupt than any of the others. Never was about the poor for him but all about his back pocket....

      heathway.master - 2012-10-11 22:02

      Let the law crucify this pompous, great pretender buffoon, and agitator of the people. Malema has become a millionaire without any intelligence and no skills. All he has done to amass all his wealth is to corruptly steal tax payers money. He has not been credited with an honest day’s work in his life, yet he only lives the high life of wealth and privilege.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-11 22:04

      A bit late I say, he is sly and opportunistic, he has more than likely hidden all his stuff away. He had spun a tangled web, like the other crooks. I doubt that it will unraveled by the okes they set on him. Its all a bunch of hot air.......bleeeh

      odzeeh - 2012-10-12 07:41

      I believe all this has been created by god so that he can to jail to learn discippline and respect a street kid is better than him in discipline

      bob.mcmillen.564 - 2012-10-12 09:40

      Should freeze Malema while your at it, only problem is finding a freezer large enough to fit the fat boy in.

  • george.slade.161 - 2012-10-11 21:33

    Rather Deep Freeze Malema --an easy solution !

      alex.tarr.52 - 2012-10-11 21:38

      It wouldn't make a difference. Princess Leia would rescue him.

      frik.mcdonald.9 - 2012-10-11 21:55

      Well his head maybe, after all the largest space known to man is between his ears, She could get rid of the worlds pollution problems! Then again him frozen will make even the earth smile, considering he is a walking fertilizer factory.

  • sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-10-11 21:34

    Ohhh watch the hammer fall! I would love to hear how Julius explains his lavish lifestyle, with cash for cars, farms, that collossum in Sandton and of course his nice watches. Champion of the poor - what a lie! Abuser of the poor more likely. If he lived side by side with the poor and struggled with them I'd be slightly more inclined to believe him!

      beverly.young3 - 2012-10-12 07:24

      Oh but he explained it some time ago in the Sunday Times? All donations and people who look after him, if I recall correctly?

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-11 21:40

    Not yet, later, at the moment every time he opens his mouth he takes out another brick in the Babylonian ANC fortress of Doom, we need every body to keep chopping, when it comes down then we can sweep him under the rubble.

      desertratbkf - 2012-10-11 22:01

      Actually, I didnt like you at all! But hell, I now see you! "Not yet, later!" I like it!

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-11 22:11

      I knew it, he was out there in the desert.... watching???

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-11 22:14

      You freaky.... and I like you a lot....

  • thabojames.mohanoe - 2012-10-11 21:41

    after dat,send him 2 jail,

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-11 21:42

    What a gemors. We have a great new Heritage to be proud of.

  • ronny.mathebula - 2012-10-11 21:54

    Gud point n it should have been frozen long tym ago

  • Eterni80 - 2012-10-11 21:56

    how about we freeze malema instead and thaw him out in like...never

  • peter.strydom.37 - 2012-10-11 22:05

    Let this be a lesson to all in authority who believe they can get away with it, God will get you, you Fools and Horses.

      glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-11 22:18

      You freaky as well...... and funny?

      sarel.brits - 2012-10-11 22:51

      WTH has horses to do with this.

  • struan.g.lloyd - 2012-10-11 22:08

    I benefit from unlawful tenders almost ever pot hole road I drive on was from one!

  • neilpretorius83 - 2012-10-11 22:09

    Zille's assets must be burned, ANCYL urges

      lorain.maseko - 2012-10-12 08:12


  • gretchen.oswald.3 - 2012-10-11 22:19

    Another pat on the back for the DA! Keep up the good work in fighting for justice to be served with corrupt people.

  • Nkosinathi.Sibbs - 2012-10-11 22:20

    All Limpopo gang stars and their ring leaders must be arrested. What a shame loud noise while defrauding Limpopo till there are no money to buy school books.

  • Gemma van der Merwe - 2012-10-11 22:22

    Can News24 PLEASE make use of paragraphs?

      ratsaka.eugene - 2012-10-11 23:00

      Grammar Van Der Merwe lol

  • bongane.zwane.948 - 2012-10-11 22:35

    The Law is too slow in this case why!?

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-11 23:02

    Mr. Malema is being victimized by the DA's pre-94 racist pro-colonialist white surpremacy apartheid approving anti-revoluntionary mindset!!

      jannie.beirowski - 2012-10-12 04:04

      My dog is fed twice a day, without paying for it. He can lie down wherever he likes without receiving an account. He spends his days sleeping and will only open his eyes when he smells another free treat approaching, or a bitch is in the area. I really thought about all his priveleges till I realised he is a member of the ANC.

      landelanintamo - 2012-10-12 04:31

      I dnt get it when u say malema is being victimised how.......just bcz he's being found guilty of corruption let us not be the a nation that turns a blind eye to misconduct nd make xcuses about apartheid......

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-10-12 06:19

      @ Rouen I Love de way u play with those words `RACIST PRO-COLONIAL WHITE SUPREMACY APARTHEID APPROVING ANTI-REVOLUTIONARY MINDSET keep on saying these words keep on hiding behind apartheid for the ills of today keep on CODONING corruption KEEP on enriching urself at the expense of the poor marginalised illiterate blacks .BUT Please read my words ONE DAY •MY FELOW POOR ILLITERATE BLACK PEOPLE OF THIS COUNTRY WILL WAKE UP N SAY enough is enough they wil VOTE ANC OUT N U WILL be shocked (WARNING)

      rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-12 07:50

      It is clear a ridiculously over the top, tongue in the cheek comment is completely lost on yourselves.

  • lerato.kay.3 - 2012-10-11 23:38

    When DA was found wanting on the communication tender, Zille complained and said Thuli should have consulted her before releasing the findings to the media. For consistency purposes Malema should have been afforded that option. His assets must only be frozen when he is found guilty by the court of law, we are a democracy and we need to be fair and consistant.

      Ze Don - 2012-10-12 08:43

      Go do your homework before commenting please. Go read yesterdays article; he was given an opportunity to comment but he chose no to!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-12 14:04

      His tender broke nearly every rule in the book, very lttle if any was correct / truthfull. Last time I checked Zille com. tender was not asked to be cancelled, unlike Malema's.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-11 23:46

    shut the hell up madam Zille

      Erna - 2012-10-12 03:39

      Why? Because she's right?

      johnny.matsetse - 2012-10-12 06:08

      Bafana Shut ur stinking mouth ,Y are U sooo dumb ,U Soo stupid U condone corruption Tsek man

  • rouen.heiberg - 2012-10-12 00:26

    On a more serious note after my tongue in the cheek previous comment. Malema's whole sham of a life is slowely being picked apart. My gut says we only saw the tip of the iceberg yet. I don't believe he is intelligent enough to have got this far by himself. Would like to see who else's names are mentioned as partners. I don't think he is walking away from this.

  • thulanit3 - 2012-10-12 01:48

    Just few weeks ago this malema bragged about being a law-abiding citizen,,,when they seize his ill-gotten asserts,,he will say, it is zuma...!

      Brian Dorning - 2012-10-12 06:17

      and if that doesn't work he'll say its apartheid, or the whites!

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-10-12 02:15

    And so the saga of the corrupt ANC continues !! Makes me sick to see how they steal taxpayers money with impunity! Zuma you shyster..DO SOMETHING !!

      Erna - 2012-10-12 03:31

      Zuma is the biggest thief - he's not going to do anything!

  • Yello Kiya Kamy - 2012-10-12 05:15

    received the complaint in 2011, why now ?

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-12 14:11

      It took some time to get all the info from all the departments and some people refused to help with the investigation.

  • Asdiedamwalbars - 2012-10-12 05:31

    Should Malema not have been long ago behind bars.. if the state knows that they got a good case.. Because he and his partners in crime just keep on hurting the country.

  • Kirston Lyle Noemdoe - 2012-10-12 05:36

    malema deserves to be behind bars his gluten.. the wheel turns

  • Bongani Mtambo - 2012-10-12 05:58

    wht's so special abt dat big mouth idiot i'm big tym ANC member but malema is not special and the law is the law freeze those properties if they r suspected 2 b attained fraudulently.

  • Theuns Jacobs - 2012-10-12 06:08

    just wondering...what happened to the SARS audit. all these so called investigations are dying a quite death!!

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-12 14:16

      Sars got a sentence against him of R16m for unpaid taxes etc. It surely is not gone, he is probably looking for a benefactor in Zim or SA or he might be without any property soon.

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-12 06:58

    So we now know that corruption was perpetrated. So logicly people so go to jail, heads should roll and assets forfated. Let see how much of this will happen, because in S.A. today politicians gets away with murder.

  • Zahir - 2012-10-12 07:14

    Malema took millions but does not see it as corruption and fraud the rest of anc elite see our taxes as their money and there is nothing wrong if they get caught

  • Hangwanie - 2012-10-12 07:19

    Malema must face the music like others. This will prove if he can stand the test if time. He must just face and be available to prove his innocence if he is.

  • richy.rex.77 - 2012-10-12 08:30

    Malema assets must be frozen, DA urges A.F.U boy Please freeze all assets including those in the trouser

  • brionyl.french - 2012-10-12 08:52

    Agreed now he is going Zimbabwe... He shouldnt be allowed to go anywhere but prison

  • sihlangu.hokweni - 2012-10-12 08:59

    The INKANDLA TRADITIONAL CHANTER MUST STILL ANSWER TO 700 or even MORE CHARGES.Although he CONTINUES to LOOT STATE COFFERS WITH IMPUNITY,I don't hear 'Drum Majorettes' sounding:\LET HIM BE INDICTED!\.By the way he MUST still HAND OVER those secret tapes! OR is it that's why they are ZEALOUSLY pushing for the SECRECY BILL?

  • Neil Alberts - 2012-10-12 09:01

    Can malema not rather be frozen? then the poor he stole from can share his stolen riches!!!!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-12 09:43

    Why has his passport not been taken away? Most people charged with a crime are required to surrender their passports! Now he is travelling to Zimbabwe and he probably won't come back!

      mphela.kelatu - 2012-10-12 12:58

      his not a flight risk dats why he is flying zim

  • sarecen.smith - 2012-10-12 12:15

    cant we just freeze malema?

  • sxp - 2012-10-12 12:43

    If it is not frozen, then someone is not doing his work and is acting unlawful. This person(s) should then also be jailed.

  • bongani.nsele.58 - 2012-10-12 17:29

    a lot of peoples assets will be frozen, some killed, stole and lied to have what they have today

  • SALife - 2012-10-14 11:27

    Cryonically. To be awoken in many years to come.

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