Sunday, February 12, 2012

Malema cronies looted Limpopo - report

Malema cronies looted Limpopo - report
2012-02-12 14:24

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Polokwane - Limpopo-based cronies of ANCYL president Julius Malema allegedly spent millions of rand of taxpayers' money on properties, cars and parties, the Sunday Independent has reported.

It claimed that engineer Lesiba Gwangwa was at the centre. Gwangwa was Malema's business partner and the sole director of On-Point and SGL Engineering Projects. The two companies were previously or currently owned by Malema and his Ratang Family Trust.

Both companies have scored more than R400m worth of known Limpopo municipal tenders since 2007.

The companies are being investigated for tender fraud and corruption by the SA Revenue Service, public protector Thuli Madonsela and the elite investigating unit, the Hawks.

The national government stepped in and placed five departments in Limpopo under administration in January after tender fraud brought the province to the brink of collapse.

Madonsela has ordered the provincial roads department to suspend On-Point's participation in the tender awarding process.

She is apparently looking into how Gwangwa allegedly forced contractors to sign secret back-to-back agreements which entitled his company to a share of the proceeds of the tenders it awarded.

According to analysts quoted by the newspaper, President Jacob Zuma, was aware of what was happening in Limpopo, but was allowing the investigation to take its course rather than recalling the province's political leaders.

Political analyst Somadoda Fikeni told the newspaper that the ANC leadership would rather let the investigation expose links between the leadership in Limpopo and the tender irregularities.

"In that manner it would be seen as a technical administrative process that deals with governance and corruption issues without being seen as politically manoeuvred."


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Sunday, February 12, 2012 06:59:53 PM

I am ready for jail - Malema
February 11 2012 at 09:13am
By Michelle Pietersen


ANCYL President Julius Malema sings before the start of the ANCYL NEC Lekgotla that was held at the St. George's hotel. Picture: Masi Losi

Embattled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema is prepared for anything – including going to jail should it come to that – as the league’s battle to unseat the current ANC leadership heats up.

Yesterday he addressed the league’s lekgotla in Pretoria, telling delegates this could well be the last time he spoke to them as youth league leader, urging them to keep pushing for the nationalisation of the mines and redistribution of land, and for regime change in the ruling party.

Malema said he was aware that some senior ANC leaders were prepared to do everything in their power to get rid of him so that they could be re-elected at the ANC’s elective conference in Mangaung in December.

He urged the so-called young lions to remain focused, even in his absence.


“We should fight on tirelessly. We must refuse to sell out the interests of the black majority to representatives of white monopoly capital in the ANC,” he said.

Hours later, the deputy president of both the ANC and the country, Kgalema Motlanthe, took to the podium to publicly express his views for the first time.

He urged the youth league to take their plight up with ANC leaders in a veiled criticism of the mother body – but warned them to do so in a discplined way in the spirit of both the league and the ANC.

“(There) are strong grounds for accusing the ANC of failing the youth league,” said Motlanthe to applause from youth league delegates.

He told delegates to go to “your mother (ANC and say) we adopted and resolved… and here they are and wait for an opportunity to discuss them”.

But delegates respond-ed by saying that they had submitted their conference resolutions to the ANC, to which Motlanthe responded: “If that’s the case, then say it to ANC directly.”

Motlanthe’s reception yesterday was in stark contrast to the frosty reception given to Mantashe, who arrived just after delegates had been singing for the former ANC youth league leader, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, to replace him. The league also wants Mothlanthe to replace Zuma.

Mantashe was there to deliver his report on the relationship between the mother body and the league.

Malema and league delegates leapt to their feet as one when Mothlanthe arrived, jumping up and down in excitement as Malema introduced him as “the future of South Africa”.

Earlier in the day Malema – who faces a five-year suspension from the party – urged the delegates not to lose focus in the struggle for economic freedom in our lifetime, even if he was no longer there.

“I was telling the treasure-general (Pule Mabe) that this just might be my farewell speech. It’s important that what is said is written down and recorded in the history books of the ANC youth league and the ANC,” said Malema.

“We are now preparing for our lives outside the ANC and possibly in prison. Personally this has been a painful period in our lives and our families have been attacked by forces opposed to us. However, we are inspired by the spirit of ‘Asijiki’. Victory is certain, we shall overcome,” he said.

“Let us go and mobilise structures in the ANC to appreciate the simple truth that we need to move faster and that we need more decisive and sophisticated leadership to understand the current phase of our struggle.”

At the end of the three-day legkotla today the youth league was expected to resolve that, in the event that Malema’s suspension does take effect, it would rally behind him in a show of unity, despite the internal succession battle.

On Thursday, the league’s national executive committee was said to have decided that Malema, with the backing of the league, would exhaust all internal ANC processes in his fight for his political life.

Malema stressed yesterday that he would never take the ANC to court.

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