The DA welcomes the reports that a warrant has been issued for the arrest of expelled ANC Youth League Leader, Julius Malema.
Malema is reportedly expected to appear in court next week to face charges relating to the activities of his Ratanang Family Trust and its shareholding in On-Point Engineering, a company that won a number of lucrative contracts with the Limpopo government.
In July 2011, the DA requested that the Public Protector investigate tender irregularities involving Malema and deposits made into the account of his family trust by various people and businesses that subsequently won tenders in Limpopo.
We have since received the confidential draft report on this matter from the Public Protector and have given our input on that document as the complainant. We have been told that the public release of the document is imminent.
The warrant for arrest issued today appears to have originated from a Hawks investigation into the same matter.
The South African public are sick and tired of politically connected individuals abusing public procurement to line their own pockets.
Now that Julius Malema is outside of the ANC fold he clearly lost the protection from law enforcement agencies that he once appeared to enjoy.
We will be writing to the Public Protector to determine the exact date of the release of her report and hope that her findings will be considered when this case is heard in court.