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By Anna Majavu | Mar 25, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma has rejected calls to probe ANCYL leader Julius Malema.

Zuma told Parliament yesterday that he did not have details of the multi-million rand government tenders that Malema was awarded in Limpopo.

Malema's company, SGL Engineering, is said to have been awarded government tenders amounting to R140million over the past two years by using his political influence.

He has denied any involvement in the company, claiming that he resigned as director when he was elected ANCYL president in 2008. However, he is still listed as the company's director in the companies registration directory, Cipro.

City Press reported that Malema's company had done shoddy work in some of the tenders, leading to a bridge collapsing.

"I don't have details of what happened with this tender. Is what is being alleged true?" Zuma asked opposition members who were calling on him to act.

Zuma told the angry opposition MPs that the government could not follow up every story it read in the newspaper.

He also said he would not take any measures to ensure that Malema's company was included in the register of companies that had defrauded the government.

"Somebody has to go to the police and say here is a case," Zuma told MPs.

"As a custodian of the Constitution you are duty bound to take that matter seriously. You have promised to root out corruption and I still count on your word," Cope's Anele Mda told Zuma.

She also told him that the continual awarding of tenders to ANC leaders was "tantamount to corruption".

But Zuma said only a morality debate would decide what was corrupt and what was not.

Zuma said anti-corruption measures should not "undermine the rights of any citizen to engage in legitimate business activity, including with the state".

ID leader Patricia de Lille said the ANC's front company, Chancellor House, benefitting from the electricity price increase was legal, as was Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda's company benefitting from state tenders - but that both were morally wrong.

"Your debate on morality will be stillborn if we have one set of morals for political leaders and one for ordinary South Africans," De Lille told Zuma.

Yesterday Transport MinisterS'buNdebele's spokesperson Logan Maistry confirmed that he had contacted the Limpopo provincial government about the issue relating to Malema's tenders.

Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin also said recently that it seemed there were "challenges" in the Limpopo provincial road agency.

Cronin did not mention Malema by name, but said "the whole area of tenders and tenderpreneurs is a massive challenge. There is a whole lot of money that simply does not hit the tar or hits the very shallow tar".

Zuma also told the IFP he would not give them reasons for rejecting pardon applications by its 230 members.

He also refused to give an assurance that he would not pardon Schabir Shaik.


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