Hawks deny sedition charges against Malema

Hawks say they are not aware of any sedition charges allegedly brought against Julius Malema.

Expelled ANC Youth league president Julius Malema is seen with Floyd Shivambu at the Lenasia Recreational Centre in southern Johannesburg on Wednesday, 12 September 2012 where they arrived to listen to the grievances of soldiers. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Hawks on Sunday denied reports that they are investigating sedition charges against expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema for his remarks at a meeting with soldiers earlier in September.

The City Press is reporting that Malema could face charges of sedition and incitement to violence following the address, during which he told soldiers "South Africa is a banana republic".

He called President Jacob Zuma a dictator and labelled the current government a "barbaric regime".

The newspaper quotes a senior prosecutor Anton Ackerman as saying there is a prima facie case against Malema.

But Hawks spokesperson McIntosh Polela said there is no such investigation.

"I do not know anything about it and I have not been briefed about any sedition charges. I only heard about it from newspapers."

Polela would also not be drawn on reports that Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale is under investigation for alleged tender irregularities.

According to reports, Mathale is due to be charged in court alongside his long-time ally, Malema and Selby Manthata and five other associates, who appeared in the Polokwane Regional Court this week.