Malema associate rakes it in despite lawsuit

ANC Youth League president Julius Malema's business partner - who is facing criminal charges for not complying with environmental laws in Gauteng - has landed another multi-million rand tender in Mpumalanga

Christos Eleftheriades, who is being taken to court by the Gauteng department of agriculture for transgressing environmental laws, won a R120-million contract for the removal and treatment of medical waste in Mpumalanga.

According to the contract Eleftheriades's company, Isibonelo Waste Solutions, is to be paid R3,233,795 a month for three years.

Though Malema is not part of the Mpumalanga consortium he is a partner of Eleftheiades in a similar project in Limpopo, trading as Tshumisano, which won a R200-million contract to remove and manage medical waste on behalf of the provincial health department.

Though a Cipro certificate shows that Eleftheriades jointly owns Isibonelo with Limpopo businesswoman Beatrice Tsakane Nkambule - he denies owning the company.

"The company is owned by Nkululeko Makhunga. I am a non-executive director."

Eleftheriades had earlier this year told Sowetan that the Tshumisano consortium paid Blue Nightingale, Malema's company, a monthly dividend of R136000.

Yesterday he claimed he did not know the company belonged to Malema when he paid the money.

He said it was meant for Tshumisano's "youth partners", who came on board to fulfil a requirement to have youth involvement when the company was formed in 2005.

Mpumalanga health department spokesman Dumisani Mlangeni confirmed that Isibonelo was appointed on July 1 this year on a three-year contract.

Eleftheriades is currently locked in a court battle with residents of Clayville in Olifantsfontein, Ekurhuleni.

The community says his other waste disposal company, Thermopower Process Technology, is poisoning them.

The case is being heard in the Kempton Park magistrate's court, where he faces nine charges.

These include storing treated waste on site for more than three months before disposing of it, burying the residue in one of the buildings on site and disposing of residue in storm water drains.

Also storing untreated waste for more than a month on site, not submitting a discharge permit and storing waste in containers that are leaking and not properly labelled.

He has pleaded not guilty.