- The EFF have not responded to Jacques Pauw's latest allegations that Melema received a payment from an alleged tobacco smuggler
- Malema had initially replied to previous allegations made by Pauw and demanded that he withdraw them
- Instead Pauw hit back with even more explosive allegations surounding Malema's relationship to Mazotti
The normally brash and opinionated leader of the EFF, Julius Malema, was strangely quiet on Friday. The EFF Twitter feed was uncharacteristically subdued throughout Friday and well into the night.
This came after the EFF replied, on Thursday, to allegations made by the author of The President’s Keepers, Jacques Pauw, that Julius Malema had received R18-million from an alleged tobacco smuggler, Adriano Mazzotti.
Briefly.co.za learned that the EFF has written a letter demanding that Pauw withdraw the social media statement which contained the allegations. The EFF's actions may have backfired according to the citizen.co.za.
On Friday morning Pauw released a number of damning allegations and when the EFF was contacted for a comment the normally vocal party was silent.
Malema had issued the following statement on Thursay:
“I have written a letter to Jacques Pauw to withdraw the statement which he has made out that Mazotti paid my tax. We have never denied as the EFF that Mazotti paid our registration fee in 2014 – that we have never kept a secret.”
Yesterday Pauw replied to Malema through social media:
Pauw did not back down, he admitted that he may not have been entirely accurate that Mazzotti had loaned the money to Malema. Instead of withdrawing the statement Pauw went on the attack.
“You in fact received a R1 million loan from Kyle Phillips – a business partner of Mazzotti and his co-director in Carnilinx, an independent tobacco company.
“This was reported in the Sunday Times and other newspapers in 2015. The Sunday Times quoted your lawyer as saying that you took the loan from Phillips after another benefactor failed to make a payment to you. The newspaper said that you had admitted to Sars that you had received the R1 million loan from Phillips.”
Mazotti and Phillips are partners in Carnilinx, a tobacco company. After Malema failed to respond, Pauw took his silence as an admission of guilt.
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