- Julius Malema is back in the spotlight, this time for a recent photo of himself posing with his toddler an self-confessed fraudster Adriano Mazzotti
- The photo was posted on Monday by Jacques Pauw with a tongue-in-cheek caption commenting that he hoped business had been good for Mazzotti because Malema would probably be needing a cut of his profits
- Julius Malema had come under fire before after Mazzotti and his company had been linked to donations and loans to the EFF party
It has surely been a busy two weeks for the Economic Freedom Fighters. The newest controversy to hit the group has been yet another photo of Julius Malema with the self-confessed fraudster and cigarette smuggler Adriano Mazzotti.
Posing together Adriano can be seen with Julius Malema and his young son. Posted by Jacques Pauw on Monday night with the caption: “I hope self-confessed fraudster and smuggler Adriano Mazzotti and his cronies at Carnilinx have lately sold lots of cigarettes because I have a sneaky suspicion that his bud Malema are (again) going to need some of his profits. An expensive friendship, isn’t it Adriano?”
This had EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi up in arms responding with a Tweet telling Pauw that he is a “sick old white man”.
Jacques Pauw has by no means been kind to the Economic Freedom Fighters and this picture only gives further evidence that the friendship between the party’s leader and this questionable character is still going strong.
Earlier in 2018 had received criticism after the controversial tobacco company had donated as well as loaned money to the party. He had responded in an interview on the topic stating that it had been no secret.
An affidavit signed by Adriano Mazzotti in May 2014 showed him admiting to, along with his company, having taken part in a host of crimes including fraud, money laundering, tax evasion, bribery and corruption.
The bad blood between Pauw and Malema escalated earlier this year, with Malema demanding that Pauw delete Tweets claiming that Malema had received the loan from Mazzotti to settle his tax bill. Malema had insisted that the funds had come from Mazzotti’s company and not himself personally.
Pauw had also, in the same Tweet, alleged that the now fired Tom Moyane ( SARS) had helped make Mazzotti’s R600 million tax bill disappear. Which Pauw had felt was one of the main reasons the EFF had been so protective of the SARS boss.
Julius Malema maintains that it is not a political party’s job to declare the money as the proceeds of crime, much to the disagreement of Pauw.
“This Mazotti money has not been taken to court and found to be proceeds of crime,” commented Malema.
Pauw’s recent dig at Malema has come at a sensitive point in time for the party, after Malema as well as right-hand man Floyd Shivambu is facing accusations of having received funding from the disgraced VBS Bank.
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