Malema forks out R78 000 in cash for 5-star break

2011-07-11 23:08
Jacques Dommisse, Media24 Investigations
Cape Town - Julius Malema, the controversial ANC Youth League leader, paid R78 000 in cash for a three-day frolic with five friends at the "colonial" and ultra-luxurious five-star Royal Malewane next to the Kruger National Park.

His luxury adventure occured shortly before his re-election as ANCYL president three week's ago in an election campaign which saw him repeatedly sell himself as a champion of the poor.

The news comes on the heels of reports that he has also recently enjoyed a fine holiday in Italy and that he has flattened a R3.6m Bedfordview home to build another one.

Malema and the management of the Royal Malewane, located in the famous private Thornybush Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park, refused to comment on the visit.

However, Media24 Investigations has confirmed with five sources with direct knowledge that the Malema visit occured. Three sources confirmed that the bill was settled in cash.

Media24 Investigations understands Malema and his group of friends were invited by a therapist who works at the luxury spa at the lodge.

The therapist, whose name is known to Media24 Investigations, is also a girlfriend of one of Malema's close friends.

Employees of the lodge get free nights there as part of their benefits and Malema was invited to spend a night for free. He paid for himself and his five friends to stay on for three nights altogether.

It is uncertain how many of the people in his group a free night remained.

Lodge insiders said the Malema entourage did "the normal tourist things", such game drives, luxury picnics and spa treatments.

The advertised cost per person per night sharing is almost R11 000.

When Malema settled the bill on behalf of the group, the administrative staff’s eyes widened when he presented them with R78 000 in cash.

All liars

Malema himself was tight-lipped. Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said he would not talk to the media and that claims that the trip occured were lies.

"They are all liars,” he said. He said he had spoken to Malema about the matter and that he had declined to comment to Media24 Investigations.

Shivambu then told our reporter "fuck you" three times before finally telling him to "fuck off" (see transcript below).

Juan Pinto, director and general manager of the Royal Malewane, said the lodge’s official policy was not to comment on any guests.

When asked about the account which was settled in cash, he said any questions about Malema had to be asked of Malema.

According to the lodge's advertising material, Malewane is a Big Five destination, boasting a French Chaîne des Rôtisseurs Blazon Award for its restaurant.

The spa offers a variety of treatments and guests can view wildlife at watering holes just metres away from where they are enjoying their treatment.

A transcript of the telephone conversation between reporter Jacques Dommisse (JD) and ANC Youth League spokesperson Floyd Shivambu (FS) requesting comment from Malema.

JD: So, why did you put the phone down?

FS: Hey?

JD: Why did you put the phone down?

FS: Hey man. You are doing a wild goose chase. I say that if you want to go ahead and write, go ahead and write because he won't speak to you. It never happened, okay? He [Malema] doesn’t want to talk to you.

JD: Why will you not let me speak to Malema?

FS: I said he doesn’t want to. Why must he speak to you? He has no obligation to speak to you.

JD: Because he is a politician.

FS: Yes, but I said no. You cannot force people to speak to you.

JD: I don’t understand?

FS: He will not speak to you. You cannot force someone to speak to you if they do not want to speak to you. He does not want to speak to you. I have just spoken to him.

JD: How do you know he doesn’t want to speak to me?
FS: Because I just spoke to him now.

JD: How do you mean you have just spoken with him? I don’t understand.

FS: Fuck you.

JD: Say again?

FS: I said: “Fuck you”

JD: Are you swearing at me?

FS: Yes.

JD: Why are you doing that?

FS: What is your problem?

JD: I have no problem.

FS: Fuck you. Fuck off, ok.

JD: Oh, so you now said it for the fourth time?

FS: Yes.

JD: Can you please give me a contact number for Julius Malema?

FS: I don’t want.

JD. Ok. Thank-you. Goodbye.


  • Macho Mike - 2011-07-11 23:16

    Crooks and their money are soon parted. Malema is Chief Big Crook, using the poor and politics as a smokescreen for his criminal activities. Mind you, his ANC masters have taught this schoolkid well.

  • Sooth Slayer - 2011-07-11 23:17

    come on JD, you were asking for it, and you got it! so what's your problem now? I imagine if FS had a newspaper, the transcript of that conversation would look something different. I know the journalist likes of you!

  • Goose - 2011-07-11 23:17

    See, the colonists did leave a few cool things behind huh? - 5 star hotels. - Operational farms. - operational mines. - Schools. - Medicine. - Electricity. - Running water. - Food aid. - etc...

  • Johan - 2011-07-11 23:18

    If you live on "handouts" then one can expect comments like this because not everyone's IQ is below zero

  • jock - 2011-07-11 23:22

    He is a crook, a thief and a liar and abuses his position but is allowed to get away with it.

  • Ryno the Wizard - 2011-07-11 23:31

    What a leader! Only a few more years a Floyd is the general secretary of the ANC! And then whenever anybody wants to ask the ANC a question, a simple F-off will do! why are you stealing money? f-off! why are your municipalities not performing? f-off! why do you drive a jag and live in a R7m home while people are dying in poverty? f-off, it is apartheid.

  • Staanjy - 2011-07-11 23:35

    Ema Melma se ma vir jou Gre ma Melama wil n baby he. Baby word gebore sonnner myn en ore .............oops

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  • africa - 2011-07-11 23:47

    good it serves you right...leave Malema alone

      Fire Starter - 2011-07-21 16:01

      africa. Please wake up and smell the corruption!!!!!! they should call Malema and his spokesperson "DUMB AND DUMBER"!!!!

  • Sean_H - 2011-07-11 23:49

    I'm so glad I'm now paying tax in a country where I actually get something for my money, in other words, not SA...

  • Sean_H - 2011-07-11 23:50

    I'm so glad I'm now paying tax in a country where I actually get something for my money, in other words, not SA...

  • shiraazz - 2011-07-12 00:31

    Those people that strike an kill each other, why dont they go after the people responsible?

  • Jabulaniboy - 2011-07-12 01:00

    A Delema with so much cash in hand....Sounds Suspect. The colonials have good entertainment. The ANCYL spokesperson has good knowledge and control of English. He must have achieved his PHD at WITS.

  • Azizi - 2011-07-12 01:06

    Not disputing the story but at R5000 per day per person and R78000 settled in cash something is not right. Jacques don't leave the story here.

  • Liberty - 2011-07-12 01:27

    Juliass and his sidekick should be investigated by the Public Protector and criminaly charged. You can't be earning R20 000 per month and still be living large like a football star at the same time, obviously. I hope they will tell the Magistrate and attorneys to f@#k off as well and see where that get's them. Criminal inkwenkwes

  • horsehair - 2011-07-12 01:31

    all Thorny Bush is Science dumb vibe

  • Thats_that - 2011-07-12 01:36

    SARS and indead the Hawks have a duty to investigate this sort of behaviour. Where there is smoke, there is almost always fire.

  • debrakayestylist - 2011-07-12 01:47

    freedom fighters did not sacrifice their life for this kinda BS!!!!!

  • Black Sunday - 2011-07-12 01:48

    Everyone is up in arms about the R78,000...what about the multi-million-rand fortress he is building after demolition his R3.6 million home??? Story here..

  • Mandla - 2011-07-12 01:54

    It takes a man to reason and an animal to go wild.I do not see any reason why Julius Malema is not allowed to go on Holiday.I do not see any logic is this whole scenaria.What is the Learned Jacques Dommisse trying to prove.I hope SA media will not be rocked by British like scandals.I think the print media needs to be regulated,may be our hard earned democracy may be preserved.

  • lighthewaysa - 2011-07-12 01:55

    man i hate malema but it sure sounds good to be his friend!

  • pat - 2011-07-12 02:02

    And the man of the hour ..will stand up for the poor!!!Ha!Ha!ha!!!The saddest thing ever is..the people believe him!!

  • sasa - 2011-07-12 02:27

    Haha - that is the most annoying reporter ever - I would also go insane if someone repeated their question 500 times! lol Not sure why that pointless conversation is considered news worthy. A bit embarresing for the stupid reporter

  • dave_23 - 2011-07-12 02:35

    And who is funding Malema? The same fatcat cronies who will get the mines when Malema "nationalises" them. Malema has no intention of helping the poor at all - the writing is on the wall.

  • Boiling Frog - 2011-07-12 02:57

    All I can say is that when people pay in bundles of cash there is definately a lot of corruption in those bundles. Former mayor of Cape Town Nomaindia Mfeketo would know of those suitecases of money ...wouldn't she!

  • Rhino - 2011-07-12 03:44

    Why are these particular Malema articles never reported in The Sowetan???

  • KEITH - 2011-07-12 04:04

    He's no different to all the other ANC "ducks" if it looks like "duck" squawks like a "duck and walks like a "duck", it's a "duck"

  • T@xpayer - 2011-07-12 04:13

    He, like the leaders of the SA "Communist" Party, ANC et al are champions of really 1 thing alone - plundering and thievery of this country's resources meant to help "their people" and the mindless zombie idiots still vote for them. It makes me sick that these bastards get away with it. And that's why they do it - because there is no accountability. In the USA, he would be put in jail for at least 30 years. In China, he would be executed. He is a horrible pig.

  • tokoloshe - 2011-07-12 04:19

    BWAHAHAHAHAH eish! I hope that all the poor dumb followers of Juliesh get to see this report. Splashing out so much money on a little holiday when that money could have built a few houses for the poor and fed many mouths yet they will never see 1 cent of this money because he does not give 2 hoots about his retard followers! The only time he will give 2 hoots about you guys is when it comes to elections again, you might get a loaf of bred and a chicken, eish then you must wait until next voting for next chicken. You are all the laughing stock of the world for being so dumb! Keep voting we love the show

  • T@xpayer - 2011-07-12 04:35

    Reading this makes me spitting mad - because it's total abuse of funds - SA is like an abused animal - the country hurts so much and bleeds but it can't talk or defend itself from these bastards. Time to smash the punching bag in at the gym...great workout by the way.

  • brinjal - 2011-07-12 04:35

    R75K in CASH, does this not need to be reported to the authorities when this amount is in cash?

  • T@xpayer - 2011-07-12 05:20

    Yawn...why are we suprised. Standard practice for the ANC and Co mafia

  • michaelph - 2011-07-12 05:33

    cash? maybe SARS should investigate.........

  • pitbull - 2011-07-12 05:44

    I wonder what would happen if I started chanting "Kill Malema" or "kill the mamparas" and declared that it was my fundamental right to free speech? Juliarse Mampara should be tried for genocide because his "Shoot the Boer" song is being followed to the T by his idiot followers who believe every piece of garbage that comes out of his mouth is gospel truth. He is a minion of the Devil

  • hollochris - 2011-07-12 05:51

    real tsotsis. I'm sure he doesn't want to talk to the do you explain his jaunts om a R20 000 pm salary?

  • Ralph Long - 2011-07-12 05:51

    Wonder when he is going to pay his fine that he claims he doesn't have the money for? What a complete doorknob but the ignorant masses follow him blindly...oh well they deserve what is coming to them.

  • Ascendo Tuum - 2011-07-12 05:57

    Jesus, is that you?? Taking your R20 000 a month salary and being able to buy a R200 000 watch, couple million Rand house, R80 000 for a holiday. It might not be fishes and bread, but its still a miracle! And how we'd all like to hammer nails into you, you complete waste of skin and oxygen.

  • IntuiSlaya - 2011-07-12 06:15

    Aren't we all missing the point? The saying 'United we stand, divided we fall' is what is at play here, and Malema is winning! This should no longer be a black vs white or white vs black debate anymore (based on comments here), South Africa needs to move on from that. It should be about this person, "Malema", who is creating a rift amoungst ALL the citizens of South Africa (regardless of colour) to divide everyone, cause anarchy and infighting, so that he can then take advantage for his own benefit. The quickest way to achieve leadership is to create fear and infighting amoung the masses, so they are distracted and he is able to manouver his way to the top of the food chain and seemingly 'Eliminate' the problem. This is a person who promises the masses everything they want to hear, seemingly standing up for their interests and yet lives in luxury while the masses live in squalor. All politicians are the same, let us not kid ourselves, White or black. The power of the people is to at least try and find a politician that genuinely has a better interest for the people and Malema is clearly not one of them. So really what point is there to comment about black vs white and vice versa. Rather deal with the real problem here, get black and white to understand, see that Malema is not what he says he is, and work together to get rid and silence him for government. Until then, he will just keep doing what he has been doing and moving closer to achieving his personal goals!

  • Ederik - 2011-07-12 06:17

    Cash? Obviously no tax was paid on that. SARS should investigate!

  • Robin - 2011-07-12 06:31

    When will SARS step in? Has Juju recently won the Lotto? Powerball? Hope someone from SARS is keeping reading all these articles. But wait, if SARS starts asking questions then I'll wager they will be labelled a racist department?

  • patrice - 2011-07-12 06:35

    Leave the boy alone - everyone is entitled to a holiday now and then !!

  • jakes - 2011-07-12 06:36

    Malema you and your creche are all Fu4king criminals. Stealing tax money!!! Time for you lot to be taken out like sick dogs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fu4ck all of you ANC parasites!!!!!!!!!

  • AirAction - 2011-07-12 06:39

    What about all the poor people that he cares about so much ? Call in the phone hackers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  • lilo69 - 2011-07-12 06:39

    We all just pissing into the wind....seriously, does anybody think he cares. Come on, he's a "politician", un-touchable.

  • DRYGOII - 2011-07-12 06:44

    HEHEHEHEHE-black politicion (sorry my french)

  • mickh - 2011-07-12 06:49

    R78000 in cash, smells like tax evasion to me. Who in their right mind carries that much cash unless they are hiding it from the tax man.

  • verstom - 2011-07-12 06:54

    Insert from London Times: "South Africa is the only country in the world where affirmative action is in the favour of the majority who has complete political control. The fact that the political majority requires affirmative action to protect them against a 9% minority group is testament to a complete failure on their part to build their own wealth making structures, such that their only solution is to take it from others."

  • Daemos1 - 2011-07-12 06:54

    The DA doesn't need to steal votes, the ANC are just giving them away

  • Adrian - 2011-07-12 06:54

    Love to see his tax return. It is filing season afterall. Anyone seen SARS???

  • Thami Fraser - 2011-07-12 06:55

    At least Julius is consistent. He doesn't use banks and their plastic money. He uses hard cash, and he keeps it in his boot.