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Juju's land at risk - Youth rally to his support

2012-09-24 08:45:10.0 | SIBUSISO NGALWA and GEORGE MATLALA |

EXPELLED ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema could lose some of his properties if one of his companies, Gwama Properties, is successfully prosecuted.

Gwama Properties - which Malema and his business partner, Lesiba Gwangwa, used to buy a number of properties, including houses, farms and open plots - is one of the accused alongside Malema, six individuals and four companies. They will all appear at the Polokwane Magistrates' Court on Wednesday.

Malema will answer to charges of fraud, corruption and money laundering in a R100m graft case that sets out to bring down the so-called Limpopo Mafia.

Malema is listed as "accused number 10" on the charge sheet. He will be formally charged and then released on bail.

Other people to face charges in the case include Malema's business partner Lesiba Gwangwa.

On Point Engineering, of which Gwangwa and Malema are both directors, will also face charges.

Also implicated in the case is Selby Manthata, the business partner of Malema's ally, Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale. Makgetsi Manthata, brother of Manthata will also join them in the dock.

Helen Moreroa, a businesswoman who is also a business partner of Mathale's wife, Mokgadi Kgohloane, will also be hauled before the court.

Kagisho Dichabe, a director of On Point, Segwalo Consulting and Oceansite Trading also faces charges.

Mathale and his wife are, however, not among the accused.

The youth league says it will bring Polokwane to a standstill when Malema appears in court this week and its leaders are busy mobilising members throughout the country.

Yesterday ANCYL spokesperson Khusela Sangoni refused to discuss the plans but said the youth league would never allow a situation where state resources are being used for political expediency.

"The warrant of arrest comes at the time the ANC is about to start its nomination process for Mangaung. We all know he has advocated for change and this entire thing is designed to intimidate those who want change."

Marble Kalembo, chairwoman of the Milo Malatji branch of the ANC Youth League in Seshego, the branch to which Malema belongs, said she viewed the developments as a "political ploy".

"Those bringing about charges against our leader are trying to silence him on many issues affecting the ANC in view of the Mangaung conference," she said yesterday.

Clifford Mohloana, a staunch Malema supporter, said he viewed the charges as "fabrications."

"Everything Malema had been raising had been those issues raised by the youth and we could only have one person to speak about them," said Mohloana.

Insiders close to the case say Malema has been charged individually and his family trust fund, Ratanang is not an accused.

He has claimed that his arrest warrant, issued on Friday, is politically motivated.

The case is set to pit President Jacob Zuma's government and the ANC against the ANCYL.

The Friends of the Youth League (FYL) - a group led by Malema and suspended youth league leaders Floyd Shivambu and Sindiso Magaqa - also accuse Zuma of abusing state machinery to settle political scores with Malema.

"We are convinced that the conspiracy is done by Jacob Zuma and his security cluster ministers, led by Jeff Radebe and Nathi Mthethwa, and this conspiracy is aimed at de-focusing and silencing us from our genuine mission and from demanding leadership change in Mangaung," said FYL in a statement.

Malema was not available for comment.

Manthatha would only say: "I don't know anything so far".

Malema's lawyer, Nicqui Galaktiou from Brian Kahn Attorneys said they had been cooperating with the authorities.

Galaktiou said an agreement had been reached that Malema would not be arrested but told when to appear in court.

Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said they do not comment on warrants, while NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeke refused to confirm the warrant.

Additional reporting by Frank Maponya

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