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Sep 3 2012 10:31AM
 
Warrant of arrest for Malema?
Expelled ANC Youth League President Julius Malema. Picture: GALLO IMAGES
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Rudzani Makumbe

Warrants of arrest have been issued to the controversial former ANCYL leader Julius Malema following a long investigation of fraud and corruption by the Hawks.

A senior government official and a law enforcement official told the Mail & Guardian that the elite police unit is ready to charge Malema.

"It will happen before long – at least in the coming weeks," one of the sources, who requested anonymity, was quoted in the M&G.

According to Mail & Guardian, 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.

City Press newspaper reported earlier this year that he had been sent a tax bill of more than R10 million, apparently related to the millions deposited into his Ratanang Family Trust.

The allegations of wrongdoing relating to the awarding of tenders to companies with close ties to him in Limpopo ranged from 2010.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Khaya FM on Monday morning, expelled ANC Youth League leader said he is not guilty of any charges against him.

"I am told that I'm going to be arrested by the Hawks, and I've been hearing that for quite some time now. I'm accused of influencing tenders and giving them to those who supports me, and I'm sitting here today and I've never been told that here is a proof of influence," he said.

"All sorts of accusations against me, I'm ready, we are all accountable. Let the Hawks do their job and I will answer all questions. I'm happy that the Hawks say they are almost concluding their investigation. I have no sleepless nights about that because I know that I've never taken money from the government," he added.

Malema recently intervened in Marikana massacre few weeks ago in a move which was described as political opportunism.

-rudzanim@thenewage.co.za

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