- Julius Malema, the leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, and the party's secretary-general Marshal Dlamini are under investigation for tender fraud
- The two are said to have received R15 million from a R500 million tender that was awarded to three companies
- EFF supporters say they will still vote for the political organisation in the upcoming local government elections
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JOHANNESBURG - Economic Freedom Fighters leaders are under investigation for their involvement in unlawful tender procurement processes.
The investigation is being led by the Hawks and the leader of the Red Berets is among those being looked into.
Fin24 reports that the investigation is linked to the awarding of a fuel tender in 2019 that is valued at R500 million.
The tender was given to three companies by the City of Tshwane and a paper trail has shown that one of the companies paid out R15 million to companies linked to Malema and Marshall Dlamini, who is the current EFF secretary-general.
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Amabhungane, an investigative journalism group, found that the timing of the payments to Malema and Dlamini coincided with the tender process.
The R15 million payment was split between the two companies allegedly linked to Malema and Dlamini. Malema has since denied ties to the companies, according to the Daily Maverick.
Balimi Barui Trading, owned by Hendrick Kganyago, made payments to a company called DMM Media and Entertainment, which is headed by Wesley Dlamini, a relative of EFF's secretary-general.
Kganyago also made payments to two companies linked to Malema's relatives, namely Matsobane Phaleng and Tebatso Malema. The awarding of the tender has already been declared unlawful by the Pretoria High Court.
South Africans react to Malema being under investigation
Social media users were quick to react to EFF leaders being investigated for tender fraud. Here are some of their comments:
"Bring it on Ok'salayo we will vote EFF #LandAndJobsManje #VoteEFF"
"The big story that's supposed to do damage the EFF is finally here, 3 days before elections as promised."
"The payments were split between two separate companies branded as alleged fronts for Malema. Are we then expected to not vote EFF because of this wishy-washy statement?"
"Did the EFF have any of its members deployed in any political position or employed in any administration department of the DA municipality, to facilitate any business transaction?"
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