Saviour Kasukuwere, Zimbabwe’s minister of youth development, indigenisation and empowerment, has slammed as “nonsense” claims that Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has been getting money from him.
“Stop dragging Zimbabwe into issues of South Africa,” Kasukuwere told City Press before dropping the phone.
The EFF last week denied receiving money from Zanu-PF leaders, but added it was free to accept funds from “anyone we see fit”.
Malema has visited Kasukuwere previously in Zimbabwe, and in 2010 he received 20 head of cattle from him.
In October last year, when they attended the same wedding in Harare, Malema confirmed that Tyson, a nickname for Kasukuwere, had hosted him on numerous visits to the country.
Malema has styled himself after Kasukuwere in some respects, by pushing for the nationalisation of mines in South Africa for instance.
Kasukuwere is driving Zimbabwe’s indigenisation policy which, among other things, requires mining companies to hand over 51% of their ownership to government.
Kasukuwere (42), one of the youngest Zimbabwean ministers, tends to be outspoken like Malema and the two have been compared, on occasion.
Baba Jukwa, a mysterious Facebook user who claims to be a high-ranking, disillusioned figure in Zanu-PF, last week claimed powerful Zimbabwean figures, including Kasukuwere, were funding Malema to “destabilise” South Africa.
He claimed this was Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe’s attempt to get back at President Jacob Zuma for facilitating the Zimbabwean election process.
Mugabe has hit out at claims by Zuma’s envoy, Lindiwe Zulu, that Zimbabwe wasn’t ready for free and fair elections.
Zuma publicly rebuked Zulu on Monday after Mugabe slammed Zulu again at a rally in Bulawayo, asking South Africa to “stop its negative voice”.
Some of Baba Jukwa’s damaging claims about Zanu-PF’s plans, which he has been making on Facebook for the past four months, have proved to be true.
He claimed Malema was being funded by Kasukuwere, Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa, commander of the Zimbabwean defence force General Constantine Chiwenga, and State Security Minister Sydney Sekeramayi.
Rumours that Malema was receiving funds from Zimbabwe have been rife within the ANC and its youth league for a few years now, but at least two sources said this wasn’t the case any more.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi said Zanu-PF Youth were invited to EFF’s decision-making “national assembly” in Soweto yesterday.
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