25 March 2023 | 04:03 AM

Watch: Micah Reddy talks about the alleged links between the EFF and Dithabeng mine


AmaBhungane journalist Micah Reddy discusses his investigation into a Limpopo mine deal which has left the local community reeling from infighting and violent protests.

The traditional leadership is accused of hijacking the community trust and striking a deal with a mining company — owned by, among others Adriano Mazzotti, a controversial businessman and associate of Julius Malema. Part of Reddy’s investigation reveals allegations that Mazzotti leveraged his friendship with Malema to defuse opposition to the mine.

The EFF denied meddling, saying: “Mr Malema has never done any of these things. We really have no idea what amaBhungane is talking about.”

While Dithabeng’s attorneys told amaBhungane: “Mr Mazzotti nor any of the directors of Dithabeng did not contact Mr Malema nor would they have done so. Mr Mazzotti’s friendship with Mr Malema is not abused for personal gain.”

Read Malema buddy’s mine leaves community reeling
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Aisha Abdool Karim

Aisha is a freelance science and health reporter. She is joining the amaB team to work on a project about water and sanitation. Aisha’s passion for long-form narrative and investigative journalism was sparked while doing her master’s degree at Columbia University in New York. After graduating in 2018, she returned to South Africa and began working as a general beat reporter for the Daily Maverick. Aisha joined the Bhekisisa Centre for Health Journalism in 2020 to focus on science reporting. During her time there, she covered the COVID-19 pandemic extensively — from fact-checking harmful medical misinformation to unpacking the science behind vaccine development. Aisha’s special interests include analysing health systems and in-depth coverage of public health issues and infectious diseases. She also loves spreadsheets and digging through data.

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