S Africa – four Malema associates hand themselves over to police

City Press

A business partner of Julius Malema and three others handed themselves over to the police this morning, City Press has learnt.

They are:
» Lesiba Gwangwa, the CEO of On-Point Engineers;
» Kagiso Dichabe, a former director of the company;
» Helen Moreroa, the owner of Oceansite Trading; and
» Makgetsi Manthatha.

Malema’s family trust is a shareholder in On-Point, which was awarded a R52-million tender from the Limpopo roads department.

Oceansite received a R6.2-million road repair and maintenance tender from the same department.

The four are expected to appear in the Polokwane Magistrates’ Court.

According to a City Press report, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has said Malema made millions from a R52 million fraudulent tender by On-Point Engineers.

Malema’s Ratanang Family Trust is one of two shareholders in On-Point.

Although Madonsela could not find any evidence that Malema had interfered in the tender process, she found that he had benefited “improperly” from the contract, City Press reported.

Her investigation found that On-Point had acted corruptly.

Madonsela recommended that the tender be immediately cancelled; that the National Prosecuting Authority and the Asset Forfeiture Unit consider criminal action and that the Master of the High Court investigate the flow of money into Malema’s trust.

Malema is scheduled to appear in the same court tomorrow for alleged fraud and money-laundering related to the On-Point tender.

Today the police cordoned off streets surrounding the courthouse.

Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi said the police were implementing their security plan the day before Malema’s appearance.

He said they wanted to be prepared for a planned night vigil for Malema, and ensure people were safe.

– City Press and Sapa

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