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Why was Malema treated differently, asks lawyer

Julius Malema's lawyer says her client was not interviewed or questioned by the Public Protector.

Former ANC Youth League president Julius Malema. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Julius Malema's lawyer says her client was not interviewed or questioned during Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's compilation of a provisional report in a tender scandal.

On Wednesday, the axed ANC Youth League president accused Madonsela of finding him guilty in absentia.

That was after the public protector announced a R52 million tender awarded to On-point Engineering by the Limpopo Transport Department were unlawful. She also found that the company and Malema had improperly benefited from the contract.

She found that the company's directors lied in their bid for the tender.

Madonsela said Malema was given an opportunity to respond.

Mr Malema is not telling the truth, Im afraid. We sent him a Section 79 letter that is a letter issued in terms of the Public Protectors Act."

But his lawyerNicqui Galaktiousaid the issue was that her client was not approached during the investigation.

Mr Malema, being the central focus of the investigation, was the only person not interviewed or questioned in an oral interview or in writing during the investigation and the preparation of the preliminary report.

"The question is why was he treated so differently?"

Malema's Ratanang Family Trust is one of two shareholders in On-Point.