Malema's lawyer confirms arrest warrant

Johannesburg - Julius Malema’s lawyer confirmed that a warrant for his arrest had been issued.

"We have received confirmation from the authorities that there is an arrest warrant issued for Mr Malema," Nicqui Galaktiou of Brian Kahn Attorneys told City Press.

She said they had not seen the warrant as yet but were busy discussing his court appearance next week with the authorities. Galaktiou said they were "likely to see the warrant after the weekend only".

City Press revealed earlier this afternoon that the arrest of the former ANC Youth League president was imminent.

Malema is expected to appear in court in Pretoria or Polokwane next week on charges of money laundering, corruption and fraud.

The case relates to his Ratanang Family Trust and its shareholding in On-Point Engineering, a company that has made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

It was still unclear whether Malema would be jailed before he appears in court. His lawyers previously urged the National Prosecuting Authority and the Hawks not to arrest him but to tell him when and where to appear in court.

Malema reiterated this week that he would appear in court if charged.

He told City Press he had “not heard anything. I think if there is such a thing, I will be open about it,” he said.

A source close to Malema, however, confirmed that they had heard about it and were waiting for further details. “The law enforcement agencies know his address,” he said.

Malema said if he were charged, he didn’t know what he would be charged with. “So far we don’t know what is the issue, whether it is money laundering, fraud, corruption,” he said.

“I am not the first person to be arrested,” Malema said, adding that this had happened to politicians before and that charges were dropped. This is an apparent reference to President Jacob Zuma, who at the time believed there was a political plot to get rid of him through prosecution and corruption charges.

The NPA and Hawks have said they won’t comment on the arrest warrant.

NPA spokesperson Bulelwa Makeka said they don’t respond on arrest warrants and will only comment once an accused has appeared in court.

Sharon Scott 2012/09/21 02:16:24 PM
Bloody fantastic!! I have been wishing for this day for many years. It is time things caught up with him
Mlungisi Fynn 2012/09/21 02:20:56 PM
Now let's just wait and see if this is going to lower the unemployment rate or fix our degrading education system.
Kedebone Choene Molongoana 2012/09/21 02:32:15 PM
Now this people are using government recourses to settle their own political battles. Is Juju now not allowed to voice his concerns? I thought some of the rights people of this country have is “freedom of speech” Well, let’s wait and see what the charge is.
barengkm 2012/09/21 02:38:30 PM
Cde malema is leader,,,no fear,we are behind u man,let see charge sheet,their want to silent our commander
Johny Black 2012/09/21 02:47:57 PM
This is unbelievable. Silencing he who speaks out. What a shame. Would he be arrested if he was still supporting zuma? Those who don't see this are blinded. Thruth does not depend on its source.
Norman Shimbyana 2012/09/21 03:25:09 PM
Economic Freedom Fighter in Jail..... How will the struggle progress?
King Koffi 2012/09/21 03:32:02 PM
soldiers authorised to help police deal with unrest,now malema charged!the people will revolt,those who fail to see beyond their big plasma screens will be shocked,those who hate the truth that comes out of malemas mouth are in for a suprise,no matter how much resources you have,you can never supress the poor!victory is certain,apartheid was defeated and dictatorship will so be.
Angela Sandells 2012/09/21 05:10:27 PM
Wonderful. Just in time to celebrate over the long weekend.
Kim Buren 2012/09/21 05:11:59 PM
Nah na nah na, he's a wanker
Eric Mdudus Shaku 2012/09/21 05:14:27 PM
Whats left? Hawks and Thuli,SIU