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Mpofu challenges ANCYL over Lembede

ANCYL says reports that there were millions stolen from the league are not true.

FILE: Masina says previous ANCYL leadership only spent money they didn't have. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - Advocate Dali Mpofu has challenged the African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) to present evidence that he bought its investment arm and prove that there was any direct or indirect wrongdoing on his part.

The convenor of the league's national task team Mzwandile Masina yesterday alleged that Mpofu bought Lembede Investments during a probe into whether it was used to siphon off millions by then president Julius Malema and his allies.

Masina says reports that there were millions stolen from the league are not true and the previous leadership only spent money that they never had.

Mzwandile Masina says Lembede Investments no longer belongs to the ANC and was legally sold.

"What we can tell you in no uncertain terms is that Lembede was sold to Dali Mpofu by the Youth League. So ANC has now ceased with that matter."

But Mpofu has invited him to prove this or any other wrongdoing on his part before taking further action.

"I've challenged them to present any evidence of wrongdoing on my part either personally, directly or indirectly."

The ANCYL will host its elective conference in Gauteng next month and says because of previous payment issues they will be paying suppliers upfront.

The probe was initiated by the task team managing the league following the expulsion of Julius Malema in 2011 and intended to find millions of rands that could not be accounted for from the entity's investment arm Lembede.

Mpofu represented Malema during his disciplinary hearing and subsequent appeal while he was ANCYL president.