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Julius Malema Explains How He Personally Raised Money for President Jacob Zuma

The Coming RevolutionJulius Malema is standing his ground in his ongoing battle with SARS – and if he has to go down he’ll be taking President Jacob Zuma with him.

The Sunday Times investigative journalists Stephan Hofstatter, Piet Rampedi and Mzilikazi wa Afrika revealed at the weekend that the EFF leader made “startling claims” in an 83-page affidavit about his personal fundraising activities for Zuma.

The subject of The Coming Revolution: Julius Malema and the Fight for Economic Freedom by Floyd Shivambu and Janet Smith explained the similarities between his Ratanang Family Trust and Zuma’s trusts and said that anonymous donors frequently deposited large sums of money into these accounts.

Malema’s lawyer, Tumi Mokoena, has asserted before that the decision by SARS to sequestrate her client is driven by “dirty politics”.

Read the article, in which Zuma denies ever receiving money from “secret donors”:

Malema said he personally raised funds for Zuma at public ANC rallies “and from unidentified donors” before Zuma became president in 2009.

There was no difference, he added, between the conduct of his Ratanang Family Trust, which bankrolled his lavish lifestyle, and that of Zuma’s trusts.

“More or less formal trust structures were formed into which donations were made – some large, some small – for the benefit of the leaders. I have first-hand knowledge of this: I dealt with donations to President Zuma. I, myself, was maintained in the same manner. Sometimes money was simply paid into my bank account by anonymous donors, sometimes known supporters paid my expenses or made gifts of money, clothes and other necessities of life and sometimes also luxuries.”

Yesterday, Zuma denied he had ever received funds from any “secret donors”. His spokesman, Mac Maharaj, said: “The president has consistently disclosed all income received in his tax returns to SARS.”

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