- An EFF donation to the Seshego and Blood River communities has caused the party a massive headache
- Reports claim that the tractors donated to the two communities had in fact only been one vehicle
- Now the tractor has been found parked outside a farm believed to be linked to Julius Malema, with both communities confused as to how to access it
The tractor at the centre of so much controversy has finally been located at Mekete Lodge, believed to be partially owned by Julius Malema.
Rapport revealed that the Farmtrac tractor had been allegedly donated to the Seshego and Blood River communities by the EFF during campaigning.
An amaBhungane report claimed that the tractor had been donated by Afrirent, a company that the investigative unit insists has paid kickbacks to the Red Berets in exchange for political favours.
Julius Malema had seemingly donated two tractors to each community, but The Citizen reports that it is believed to have been the same vehicle.
Neither community was allowed to keep the donated tractor, with it eventually being found at the lodge.
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Briefly.co.za reported that Malema had banned amaBhungane and the Daily Maverick from covering party events after the report on the tractor was released.
The lodge was owned by the late Matome Hlabioa, who was close to Malema and regarded him as a 'son'. Reports alleged that the EFF leader either completely or partially owned the popular party establishment.
An anonymous source says that clarity had not been given as to how the community could use the vehicle, saying that people who needed one still had to go and rent one.
Blood River citizens claimed that the tractor had only been seen in use twice, but apparently was only available to older residents.
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