Drug Smuggler’ provides luxury apartment for Malema’s wife and son
Confounding investigation has revealed that controversial Economic Freedom Fighters EFF leader Julius Malema’s wife and children lives in a luxury apartment belonging to a tobacco lord.
An earlier report had emerged indicating that the opposition party was been hugely financed by the tobacco deal and Malema is regularly treated by the him.
According to EWN EFF leader Julius Malema’s wife and children live in a luxurious house owned by alleged tobacco smuggler Adriano Mazzotti.
The house is reportedly situated in a high-security Hyde Park estate and is owned by Mazzotti, who is a director of cigarettes-manufacturing company Carnilinx.
As a member of Parliament, Malema has an official residence in Cape Town, but lives in the Hyde Park property when he is in Johannesburg.
Mazzotti has had a long-standing friendship with the Malema.
In 2014, Mazzotti paid the R200 0000 registration fee on behalf of the EFF ahead of the general elections.
It was also reported that Mazzotti helped Malema settle his tax bill.
Malema had been at the centre of a protracted battle with the South African Revenue Service (SARS) over his tax affairs – at one point he was said to owe the revenue service R32m and at another point R18m
In July, author Jacques Pauw alleged that Malema had received a R1m loan from a business associate of Mazzotti and, in doing so, he may have unknowingly accepted the proceeds of crime.
Mazzotti “categorically denied” that a donation by Carnilinx to the EFF involved money made as a result of crime.
But according to EWN, the exclusive Hyde Park estate has four houses in it.
“Mazzotti has a stake in three of them and also lives in the estate with Malema’s wife, Mantwa, and their children as neighbours,” it has reported.
Mazzotti told EWN that Malema’s wife pays a market-related rent to live in his property.
The EFF has recently faced more allegations of benefiting financially from illegal activity.
In another event, the CIC refused to comment on his tax bill, saying it was “nobody’s business” who was paying it.
Shortly after the VBS saga escalated, Daily Maverick reported that Malema, Shivambu and the party itself benefited from the wide-scale looting of VBS Mutual Bank.
The report revealed details of how money allegedly flowed from VBS to a company run by Brian, called Sgameka Trading, and from there to another company called Mahuna Investments, owned by Phaleng.
The EFF, however, maintained that the claims were false and that there was no material evidence supporting the allegations.