SAPS applied for Malema arrest warrant: NPA

Johannesburg - The Hawks would not confirm a news report on Friday that a warrant had been issued for the arrest of expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema.

"The Hawks don't issue warrants, so we don't comment on that," said spokesperson McIntosh Polela.

Asked if the unit was planning to arrest Malema, he said: "Even if we were planning to arrest him, we won't tell you."

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa's spokesperson, Zweli Mnisi, referred queries to provincial police.

Gauteng police spokesperson, Brigadier Neville Malila, said he knew nothing about an arrest warrant for Malema.

The National Prosecuting Authority said the SA Police Service had applied for a warrant.

"I'm not aware of that. SAPS applied for that warrant, so they are in a better place to comment on that," said spokesperson Vuyisile Calaza.

"At this stage, we know nothing about the warrant or his arrest. No docket has been brought to us."

Justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga could not immediately be reached for comment.

City Press reported that the warrant was issued on Friday morning.

Malema was due to appear in a Pretoria or Polokwane court next week on charges of money laundering, corruption and fraud, it said.

The matter related to his Ratanang Family Trust and its share holding in On-Point Engineering, a company that had allegedly made millions from Limpopo government tenders.

The publication said it was unclear whether Malema would be jailed before appearing in court.

Earlier this week, Malema told reporters in Johannesburg that he knew an "illegal warrant" would be issued for his arrest.

"If we are illegally arrested tomorrow, we would have been arrested by [president] Jacob Zuma," Malema said at the time.

He said he was willing and ready to go to jail, and was not intimidated.

"I have nothing to hide... I only have my convictions. Nothing will stop me from fighting for economic freedom, not even my death... We are unshaken."

Malema said he had it "on good authority" that there were instructions "to get rid of some us..."

At the time, presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said: "The presidency is aware that this person is prone to making wildly unsubstantiated and unwarranted claims and statements, and we do not wish to dignify them."

Suspended ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu could not immediately be reached for comment on Friday.

Joe Mangena 2012/09/21 04:47:01 PM
News24 is a joke
Musa Muskidd Mahlangu 2012/09/21 04:47:01 PM
Nobody knows who issued a warrant.... aargggggggggg....another lie!!!
Joe Mangena 2012/09/21 04:47:14 PM
News24 is a joke
Kim Buren 2012/09/21 04:50:33 PM
I can confirm that the warrant of arrest has been issued.
Larry Piggott 2012/09/21 04:51:22 PM
Last warning Juju, Back off JZ and we will let it slide. Keep stirring and we will take you down. Typical ANC tactics.
Obadia Kgopolo Segwape 2012/09/21 04:51:36 PM
why him alone a priority what about other corrupt officials?
Mthokozisi HP Nozibele 2012/09/21 04:51:46 PM
HAHAHAHAHA Dont Drop the Soap....
VaPunungwe 2012/09/21 04:52:20 PM
Nelson Mandela was arrested. He ended up President of South Africa. Jacob Zuma was arrested. He ended up President of South Africa. Can you see where my thought train is leading??
Martin Marais 2012/09/21 04:52:50 PM
Dry bread and black tea for fat face!!!
ChrisJames 2012/09/21 04:52:51 PM
Seems as if the walls are closing in on him. Pity we as suffering countrymen cannot lay charges of inciting racial division, saboutaging forgeign investment, creating instability.....and list goes on and on.