Thulani Majola and the Ekurhuleni connection

Millions out, billions in part II: Company that paid millions to the ANC and Malema scored big in Ekurhuleni

Some days Thulani Majola gave generously to the ANC; some days he gave to EFF leader Julius Malema. This even-handedness might help explain the hoard of government contracts Majola accumulated over the years. The second in our two-part series looks at how Majola’s company accumulated lucrative tenders in Ekurhuleni.

Thulani Majola, Nomvula Mokonyane, Julius Malema

Millions out, Billions in part I: Majola’s investment in ANC and EFF kept everyone sweet

Some days Thulani Majola gave generously to the ANC; some days he gave to EFF leader Julius Malema . This even-handedness might help explain the hoard of government contracts Majola’s LTE Consulting accumulated over the years, whose value can be measured not in millions … but in billions. The first in a two part series.

Update: High court sets aside dodgy Tshwane fuel tender, fingers company that paid Malema ‘kickbacks’

A judge has declared constitutionally invalid a tender the city awarded to three bidders citing the “irrational” adjudication that amaBhungane exposed.

Update: State presents case against VBS accused

Seven of the eight main suspects in the pillage of VBS Mutual Bank appeared in the Palm Ridge regional court today to hear their charges and post bail.

New Joburg mayor could dig up dirt on Mashaba fleet deal

When we reported 15 months ago that fleet company Afrirent scored a big contract with the City of Johannesburg after paying an EFF slush fund, then mayor Herman Mashaba announced an investigation. It let the city off the hook. But Mashaba is now gone, and his defence of the deal is looking increasingly tenuous.

Businessman who captured Tshwane fleet department had a man on the inside

A tenderpreneur who paid apparent kickbacks to EFF leaders won a rigged Tshwane fuel tender, amaBhungane previously reported. It now appears that he also had help on the inside.

EFF Marshall Dlamini

Analysis: At EFF congress, keep an eye on money man Marshall Dlamini

Rumour of an EFF factional war has been swirling about in the run-up to the party’s elective conference, with headlines like “Malema Faces an EFF Rebellion” capturing a sense of the alleged internal ructions. One name keeps cropping up – Marshall Dlamini. Our previous reporting on his involvement in dodgy tenders may go some way to explaining his rise.

Fleet company that paid Malema fails to deliver on Joburg contract

It’s a year since amaBhungane exposed how fleet company Afrirent funnelled money into a Malema-EFF slush fund – as it scored a R1.3bn City of Joburg contract. Now Afrirent is way behind delivering on that contract.

Analysis: When it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck …

Here’s why we think a Tshwane tenderpreneur’s R15m paid to EFF-linked companies was corrupt.

EFF fuel tender Tshwane

Tender comrades part 2: Tshwane tenderpreneur’s R15m ‘EFF tithe’

We present the clearest evidence yet that EFF leaders are taking kickbacks for contracts in cities where the party emerged as kingmaker after the 2016 municipal elections.

Update: Brian Shivambu finds another R1.5m to settle VBS debt

… but just who rescued the EFF leader’s brother remains unclear.

Tender comrades part 1: Trailing the Juju tractor

A tractor the EFF “donated” to supporters in Limpopo; the implausibility of an earlier alibi for payments to Julius Malema-linked Mahuna Investments; and a newly-revealed payment to another Malema company – the evidence is stacking up that the party and its leader took kickbacks from a massive City of Johannesburg contract.

Brian Shivambu rocks up with R3m after pleading poverty

The EFF leader’s brother has had an astonishing reversal of fortunes. Early this year he could afford no more than R5 000 per month to pay his enormous VBS debt. Last month he suddenly had R1-million and this week he had another R2-million to throw at the problem. Where he got it, no one knows.

Statement: Why Malema should not get away with banning us

The EFF’s ban of amaB and DM threatens not only the media, but democracy.

Update: Protests at Malema buddy’s mine turn deadly

A school pupil was shot and killed during a conflict which allegedly erupted between mine security guards and local community members.

Malema ally has the world in his hands

Construction tycoon David Mabilu — who has a longstanding relationship with the EFF leader — has bought struggling weekly Sunday World.

WhatsApps expose Floyd and the ‘Red Boys’

A series of cryptic messages suggest that EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambvu used his political profile for financial gain. 

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Firm that won R1bn Jo’burg fleet contract paid Malema-EFF ‘slush-fund’

An amaBhungane investigation shows that before controversially winning a mega-deal from the city, a fleet firm made payments to a company whose account was used for the benefit of Julius Malema and his party.