- Public exchanges between journalist Jacques Pauw and EFF leader Julius Malema led to an open letter from Pauw
- In this letter, South Africans learned a few things about the outspoken politician Malema
- From who really loaned him money to pay his taxes to being in an Italian's pocket - Pauw said a lot of things
The news headlines have been buzzing lately with the exchanges between EFF leader Julius Malema and investigative journalist Jacques Pauw.
South Africans followed the story as Pauw made allegations about Malema, and Malema responding by asking for an apology.
Briefly.co.za earlier reported on how Malema demanded an apology from the author of The President's Keepers. This led to Pauw writing an explosive letter to Malema, where he refused to say sorry.
Thanks to this open letter from Pauw to Malema, the South African public have learned a couple of new things about Malema.
Briefly.co.za decided to make a quick list of the most important facts learned about Malema from Pauw.
Malema was funded by Kyle Phillips, not Mazzotti
Pauw admitted he was wrong in saying that Adriano Mazzotti helped Malema out with money to pay his taxes.
It was, in fact, Kyle Phillips who gave Malema a helping hand. Phillips and Mazzotti are partners and run a tobacco company, Carnilinx, together. Phillips loaned Malema R1 million to go towards paying his hefty bill.
Malema changes his mind sometimes - for personal reasons
South Africans were aware that Malema criticised Dali Mpofu's decision to represent Tom Moyane in the Nugent inquiry, but not much later he supported the EFF chairperson's decision.
The reason? No one knew exactly why Malema had the sudden change of heart until Pauw addressed it on social media a little while ago.
Pauw stated that Malema suddenly approved Mpofu's actions in a bid to protect his own interests. Pauw added Malema wanted to strengthen his relationship with cigarette smugglers.
According to Pauw, the move by Malema to publicly declare his support of Mpofu’s move was to protect his private interests and tighten the relationship he has with notorious cigarette smugglers.
Malema (and other politicians) are in Mazzitti's pocket
According to reports by The South African, Mazzotti seems to be pulling many political strings. Those alleged to be puppets of Mazzotti include Malema and
Pauw claims that members of the ANC and the EFF have scored big time from Mazzotti's less-than-legal money.
Moyane has also been linked to Mazzotti. There are still many questions about Mazzotti and his activities.
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