Information has emerged of Swaziland billionaire Nathan Kirsh allegedly funding the EFF.
At first it was a well-known Cigarette manufacturer Adriano Mazzotti who was reported to be partly funding the EFF, having close ties with the party leader Julius Malema.
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Mazzotti is the co-director of Carnilinx, a cigarette manufacturing company which has garnered controversy due to its alleged involvement in the illicit tobacco trade. The dubious association stretches back to 2013, when Mazzotti donated R200 000 to the EFF, prior to the party’s registration. The following year, Carnilinx’s other executive director, Kyle Phillips, helped Malema out of tax troubles with a cool R1 million ‘advance’.
However, a recent video clip has revealed that the richest man in Swaziland is funding the EFF with plans to expand the party to the rest of the continent.
Nathan Kirsh (born 6 January 1932) is a South African-born Swazi billionaire businessman, with property spanning Australia, Swaziland, and the UK. He has Swazi citizenship, and according to Forbes is the wealthiest person in Swaziland.
He also has residency status in the UK and the US.
The Economic Freedom Fighters EFF is a South African left-wing to far-left political party. It was started by expelled former African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) President Julius Malema, and his allies, in 2013.
Malema is President of the EFF, heading the Central Command Team which serves as the central structure of the party.
It is currently the third-largest party in both houses of the South African Parliament, receiving 1,169,259 votes and a 6.35% share of the vote in the 2014 general election. By December 2014, the EFF claimed to have over half a million members, although this has not been independently verified going into the general elections this year.