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Adriaan Basson, Sam Sole26 Feb 2010 14:00
Julius Malema’s business partner has scored again—this time from Limpopo’s roads and transport department.
On-Point Engineers, a company belonging to Lesiba Gwangwa and Kagisho Dichabe, was awarded a R51-million tender by the department in October last year to establish a project management unit (PMU) to assist with “internal capacity building”.
Gwangwa is Malema’s co-director in SGL Engineering Projects, the company at the centre of this week’s controversy over the R140-million that has flowed from Limpopo municipalities to SGL’s account.
Malema has denied that he ever signed up to be a director of SGL, but could not explain why he was listed as such by the Companies and Intellectual Property Registration Office (Cipro).
His lawyer, Tumi Mokwena, told the Mail & Guardian: “Julius only became aware that he was listed as a director of SGL on Sunday. He didn’t know that he was part of the company.
I will investigate how he was registered because my instructions are that he never signed to become a director.”
Gwangwa said: “I have no comment, thank you very much,” and rang off.
Malema vehemently denied this week that he has ever benefited from the government of Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale, also his close friend.
Department spokesperson Obed Langa said the tender was advertised “due to a shortfall in technical skills to implement multi-sectored projects in roads, public transport and traffic management”.
Langa also confirmed that SGL benefited from the former Limpopo government under premier Sello Moloto with a R515 000 tender issued by Roads Agency Limpopo for “design work”.
To establish Malema’s web of influence, the M&G performed extensive background searches this week, including interviews with associates and an analysis of the registrar of companies’ records.
The following people are directly or indirectly linked to him:
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