- Posted September 3, 2012 by
Pretoria, South Africa
Zuma's hate campaign on Malema disastrous
(Above: Presidential aspirant Julius Malema with Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe at Harare State House).
A senior government official and a law enforcement official who have been briefed on the case told the News Pretoria the elite police unit is "ready to charge" Malema; and that warrants have been issued for the controversial former ANC Youth League leader's arrest.
"It will happen before long – at least in the coming weeks," one of the sources, who requested anonymity, told the News Pretoria.
The sources said Malema would be arrested on allegations of fraud and corruption connected to the issuing of tenders in Limpopo, and possibly for outstanding tax liabilities with the South African Revenue Service (Sars), which has taken a keen interest in his rapid accumulation of assets.
The fraud and tax evasion allegations are also understood to be directly linked to On-Point engineering – part owned by Malema's Ratanang family trust and also Didgi's family web – which held a contract to administer part of a multibillion-rand Limpopo roads budget. On-Point allegedly owes up to R15-million in unpaid taxes to Sars.
But Malema's supporters are suspecting witch hunt against him for his staunch opposition towards President Zuma. This is after Malema hinted in a South African local media house he could appoint Didgi his running mate. Didgi who adds up as an Australian currently runs a big business with Malema in the GCC region. He is a partner in the company.
Didgi could also land in trouble should he accept the nomination from the grand Zulu elders as a running mate (VP) in the next years general elections. It was later revealed that the club is Cultural Mix, one of the most successful cultural mixtures clubs in the UAE. Malema talked large about this club and asked if he'd attended any of its events, he declined to respond. Didgi is a member of this group.
Malema who talked of a club in Dubai told South Africans that he was in the plan to use it as an example of a multi-cultural nation with the government quoting him as a political opportunist.
In the current polls, if elections were to be held today, Malema would lead President Zuma with 49%. This drives the seating leader crazy.
Though allegations of tender fraud date back to 2010, an arrest now would likely spark claims of political or executive interference. But analysts say that would have been the case regardless of the timing.
"When it happens is not important. Either way questions will be asked of the ANC's role in the matter – especially President Jacob Zuma," said Aubrey Matshiqi, political analyst at the Helen Suzman Foundation.
"He [Zuma] will immediately be accused of the exact same thing Thabo Mbeki was accused of – using state organs to settle political scores."
Malema raised the ire of ruling party leaders in recent weeks after he waded into the Marikana mine killings, and his actions have been slammed as political opportunism.
"Marikana was taken over and hijacked. Out of it came counter-revolutionaries to undermine our movement," ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe told a Young Communist League public lecture in Katlehong, Ekurhuleni last week.
He strongly criticised those he said were using the strike to further their own political careers.
"It is always dangerous to ride on the corpses of our people."
Mantashe's comments were followed up by a stern warning from tripartite alliance member, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, which warned it would "deal with" Malema.
"For the first time Cosatu is issuing a direct warning to Malema to stop using the Lonmin mine tragedy for his personal agenda," Sipho Dlamini, the labour federation's president told the same gathering.
Concluded investigations in to Malema's ally Didgi revealed that his Australia's home purchase was not in any connection with Malema's contributions according to Australian authorities.
Another challenge to Didgi could be double citizenship. According to South Africa's constitution, he may not run for a political office. He must either disown his Australian passport or quit his political ambitions.
Didgi could also land in trouble for influencing many Iranians consular issues by using his family's connections at the Home Office to have them granted South African passports. Many Iranians in the US and EU have passports from South Africa. A total of 114 under his direction alone. But this is with permission from the minister himself who originates from Didgi's clan.
Malema told the Grootvlei miners they needed to stand up for their rights. "We thought it would be nice to be a black person after 1994, but it's got worse than apartheid. Our own people are killing us," he said.
Malema also said miners countrywide should make all mines "ungovernable" until the "whites listen".
"They must pay a decent wage – R12 500 a month as a basic wage for all. This is your time. This country is what it is today because of miners like you. You must claim your rightful place in South Africa," he said.
Malema called on miners to continue their strike and prevent work from being carried out at the mine. "The liquidators need to ensure workers must be paid first. We must stand united ... because if we don't the whites will throw away the contract workers like toilet paper."