ANC Youth League leader owes thousands in speeding fines
By Ofentse Mokae
27 September 2009
The president of the ANC Youth League Julius Malema could soon find himself in hot water over speeding fines that he has not paid.
Media reports Malema has notched up thousands of rands in unpaid speeding fines in the Johannesburg metro alone.
With 14 traffic offences worth more than five thousand rands to his name, he is ahead of the Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu who has managed to rack up a dozen unpaid fines amounting to two-thousand-625 rands.
Malema's top recorded speed was 169 kilometres per hour in a 120 kilometre per hour zone on 21 September last year.
Johannesburg Metro Police spokesperson Wayne Minnaar says that any person will be accountable for any traffic fine, no matter who they are.
Earlier a well-known paper reported that Malema is living a questionable lavish lifestyle way beyond his means.
He lives in a big, smart house in upmarket Sandton and is always seen in expensive cars, from BMWs to Lexus's to Mercedes Benz's, the report said.Very comfortable in designer labels such as Fabiani, Malema insists that his flashy lifestyle shouldn't be an issue.
"It's not me, it is this office. When I come here they give me a cellphone, a laptop, and they're trying to make my work easier. I don't know which car is which one. When they come to me and say, 'chief, we are using this car today', I get in and we go," Malema said.
He says there is nothing wrong, with a flashy lifestyle if you can afford it.
The ANC youth wing confirmed that he only gets an ANC salary of about R20 000, a month.