Malema faces possible arrest

EWN understands that Julius Malema could soon be arrested by the Hawks.

Expelled ANCYL leader Julius Malema visited striking Lonmin mineworkers in Marikana in the North West on 18 August 2012. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News understands that expelled ANC Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema could be arrested before the end of this week, as the Hawks investigation into allegations of corruption against him wraps up.

Malema allegedly secured several tenders for Limpopo businessmen during his tenure as league president.

He maintains he has done nothing wrong, and will cooperate with any investigation into his financial affairs.

Eyewitness News can confirm the Hawks have now wrapped up their probe into his Ratanang Family Trust, tax irregularities and allegations of tender fraud against him.

The South African Revenue Service (Sars) launched an investigation into Malema, after suspicions about his rapid accumulation of wealth as ANCYL president rose.

Tax evasion allegations are believed to be related to the R15 million in unpaid taxes owed by On-Point Engineering.

The company, part owned by Malema' family trust, was appointed to manage part of a multibillion rand budget to construct roads in Limpopo.

It is understood Malema could be taken into custody in a couple of days.

Meanwhile, the Hawks say the police's detectives unit has taken over an investigation into charges of incitement of violence that was laid against Malema.

The charges were laid by trade union, Solidarity, for comments made during Malema's tour of Gauteng and North West mining communities over the past few weeks.