JOHANNESBURG – Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) has denied receiving funding from ministers in Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s Cabinet in order to “destabilise” South Africa.
This comes after the claim was made on the Facebook page of Baba Jukwa, a mysterious poster who claims to be a high-ranking yet disillusioned figure in Mugabe’s Zanu PF.
Baba Jukwa has been leaking damaging secrets — some of which proved to be true — from within the party for the past four months.
Yesterday, he claimed Malema was being funded by Zimbabwean Youth Development minister Savior Kasukuwere, Defence minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, commander of the Zimbabwean defence forces General Constantine Chiwenga, and State Security minister Sydney Tigere Sekeramayi.
This is ostensibly in revenge against President Jacob Zuma and his international relations adviser, Lindiwe Zulu, who has been heading the Southern African Development Community mediation process in Zimbabwe following the violent 2008 polls.
The claim came as Mugabe yesterday again slammed Zulu at a rally in Bulawayo.
“May South Africa stop its negative voice. I appeal to Zuma to stop this woman to stop speaking on Zimbabwe,” he told the crowd, according to the Southern Eye newspaper’s Twitter feed.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi yesterday said Zanu PF youths would be invited to the party’s launch mass meeting next weekend.
But he denied that the EFF had “approached or been approached by anyone from Zimbabwe or any other country regarding funding”.
He added that the EFF “reserve the right to approach anyone we see fit for help”.
He said they would not take any money that came with conditions.