Friday, December 23, 2011

Malema’s R4m farm

Old McDonald had a farm,
And on this farm he had a duck
With a quack quack here
And a quack quack there,
Here a quack, there a quack,
Everywhere a quack quack,
Old McDonald had a farm

Malema’s R4m farm
2011-12-24 10:00

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Suspended ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has added a massive R4-million farm to his property portfolio.

City Press can reveal that ­Gwama Properties, a company partly owned by Malema’s ­Ratanang Family Trust, bought the farm Schuilkraal – 139 hectares of prime agricultural land near Polokwane?– in August.

The farm was ostensibly bought for cash as no bond was registered.

Malema has on numerous ­occasions hinted he would like to take up cattle farming if kicked out of the ANC.

On Thursday the firebrand youth leader, who was elected to the ­provincial executive committee of the Limpopo ANC this week, ­denied owning a farm.

“Who said Gwama is mine? Get your facts right. There is no farm that I bought. Julius Malema has got no farm,” Malema said.
He added that he was on holiday, and wished City Press a happy ­Christmas.

The following challenge ­Malema’s denial of partly owning the farm:
» The Mail & Guardian revealed that Gwama was partly owned by the Ratanang Family Trust.
Malema had never challenged this;

» Neighbours of Schuilkraal (“shelter kraal” in Dutch) told ­Beeld in August that the previous owner, Dries Kotzé, told them that Malema had visited him on the farm with the intention of buying the property and that he was a “gentleman”;

» Kotzé admitted that Malema initially offered R1.5 million for the farm, but he declined the offer;

» But neighbours said Malema later agreed to pay R3.5 million for the farm in “two or three ­instalments”, putting down an R800 000 cash deposit.

At the time, Kotzé told Beeld that the transaction had collapsed ­because of all the media attention on Malema.

But deeds office records show that the purchase went through on July 28 and that the property was registered to Gwama on August 31.

Malema’s former business ­associate at SGL Engineering, Lesiba Gwangwa, is the sole director of Gwama Properties.

The company also owns another R1.4 million house in the ­upmarket Faranani Estate in Polokwane, where Malema’s son and mother stay.

Schuilkraal is Malema’s second farm. City Press revealed in July the Ratanang Family Trust also owned a smallholding on the farm Palmietfontein, which was bought for R900 000 in cash.

Gwangwa is the chief executive of On-Point Engineering, the ­tender-rich company also partly owned by Malema’s family trust, which is currently the subject of a Hawks and Public Protector ­investigation.

On-Point has earned millions from Limpopo government contracts, including a R51?million ­tender from the roads and transport department to run a project management unit.

Malema’s spokesperson, Floyd Shivambu, accused City Press of a “fishing expedition” and of diverting attention “after every progress made by the ANC Youth League and its leadership”.

In an interview with the Sunday Times last month, Malema said he already had 20 cattle and “will breed them, take them to the ­abattoir, slaughter them and then sell the meat”.

In May Malema told residents of Alexandra that land should be ­expropriated from white people without compensation.

“We need fearless leaders who will tell these whites we are putting our people here for free. We have to buy land from whites when they did not even buy land from us. This is confirmation that we must get the land for free,” Malema said.

Last year, on his return from Zimbabwe, Malema praised ­President Robert Mugabe’s land seizures and called on South ­Africa’s youth to engage in agricultural activity.

Malema has appealed his five-year suspension from the ANC. His appeal is due to be heard next month.

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela is reportedly probing claims of irregular tenders awarded by the Limpopo government to a company linked to ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

The outcome of the investigation was expected before the end of the year, the Public Protector’s office told the SABC today.

At the centre of the investigation was On-Point Engineering, a company in which Malema reportedly held shares, and state entities involved in awarding the tenders to the company.

Malema was also being investigated by the Hawks.

Madonsela’s spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi told the SABC the Hawks and the Public Protector had pinpointed their respective areas of investigation to avoid any duplication.

During the probe, questions would also be asked about the involvement of Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust.


ANCYL plans to ‘embarrass’ parent body
2011-12-24 10:00

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Julius Malema’s ANC Youth League (ANCYL) plans to “embarrass” the ANC if his appeal against a five-year suspension from the party fails.

City Press understands that if Malema’s appeal fails:
» The league will refuse to elect an acting president until the current term comes to an end in 2014.

“The idea is to embarrass the ANC. It will be in a form of protest to tell them that they forced us into this situation,” said a youth league source;

» Malema’s deputy, Ronald Lamola, will run the league “but only as a deputy president, and he’ll make it known that he’s not the acting president or the president”, said a government source close to Malema’s inner circle; and

» Although Malema’s appeal is only expected to be heard after the ANC’s January 8 celebrations, Malema is planning to embarrass President Jacob Zuma from the main stage in Bloemfontein.

At least four sources within the ANC and the league claimed efforts were under way to ensure that Malema didn’t share the stage ­
with Zuma.

“They fear that Julius is going to develop some selective amnesia and embarrass the president by excluding his name when he mentions other presidents,” said the source.

In recent public speeches Malema has been avoiding Zuma’s name when praising former ANC presidents, but instead mentioned his deputy and former president, Kgalema Motlanthe.

The ANC’s leagues traditionally deliver messages of support at events such as these.

Cyril Ramaphosa, who chairs the ANC’s national disciplinary committee of appeals, said he expected Malema’s appeal to be heard between January 19 and 23.

He said representatives from both sides would file papers and lead arguments, but there would be no need for witnesses to be examined.

Malema won a small battle this week by being elected to ANC structures in his home province, Limpopo.

But he still has a mountain to climb to save his political career.

His election to the party’s provincial executive committee was part of a plan to save him from his five-year suspension.

But cracks are showing in this plan?– Malema only managed to come in at number 17 out of the 20 additional members in the provincial executive committee, with the support of just more than half of the delegates.

Delegates at this week’s conference resolved to ask the ANC to consider a “political solution” for the “problems” between the ANC and the youth league.

This, in effect, was a demand for Malema’s suspension to be lifted.

ANC Limpopo spokesperson David Masondo said the resolution was made “because there seems to be different conceptions of the role of the youth league in society and the ANC, and this can’t be answered by the narrow disciplinary mechanism”.

“This is not just about Julius, but what the role of the youth league should be in society as a whole.”

Malema’s supporters were rallying other sympathetic provinces to take similar resolutions. Sources said ANC secretaries in North West, Gauteng, Free State and Western Cape were sympathetic to him.

- City Press

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