- Malema lashed out at Pauw in a Tweet full of harsh language
- This came after the journalist shared Malema's address online
- Pauw tweeted the location in response to reports that the property of Malema's landlord was raided by police
The EFF leader lashed out at journalist Jacques Pauw after Pauw tweeted about Malema's Hyde Park home, which is reportedly owned by cigarette smuggler Adriano Mazzotti.
Pauw said that Mazzotti was going to lose the villa.
Malema hit back in a tweet laden with expletives.
The tension between Malema and Pauw goes back years. Pauw, known for writing The President's Keepers about Jacob Zuma's involvement in corruptionn, has long been critical of the EFF.
Regarding the Mazzotti property, Pauw tweeted out the location's address as well as a Google Earth image of the place. Mazzotti's home is directly next door to Malema's, which is also said to be owned by Mazzotti.
According to reports, the report was raided this week and attached by authorities. This is allegedly the result of R70 million in taxes that Mazzotti owes the receiver, according to The Citizen.
In response to Pauw's tweets, Malema tweeted, "You can go f^*€£ yourself."
Pauw and Malema's tweets both drew criticism online. The South African National Editors' Forum asked the journalist to remove his post, for example, while some users slammed him for sharing Malema's address.
The EFF leader, however, also received some backlash for his comments. One Twitter user went so far as to suggest that Malema's Twitter account be taken away until after the election, so that he can't do more damage to the EFF brand.
Malema insisted that this would never happen.
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