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Sun May 29 21:19:01 CAT 2016

The Guptas told Mbalula he would be sports minister: Malema

Times LIVE | 16 February, 2016 15:50
Malema, leader of the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party speaks during an interview with Reuters in Johannesburg.
Image by: SIPHIWE SIBEKO / REUTERS

During his speech at the SONA debate, EFF leader Julius Malema claimed that he witnessed sports minister receiving a phone call from the Guptas and being told he would be promoted from deputy police minister to head of the department of sports.

Malema said Mbalula was shaken after being told by the Guptas - who are close friends of Zuma - that he would have to take up being the minister of sports.

Malema said Mbalula, who was his confidante and one of his best friends before he founded the EFF, was advised by the Guptas, who are 'unelected leaders.'

Malema and Mbalula fell out after the firebrand youth leader was expelled from the ANC. They had been very close and were often spotted partying together.

However after Malema was removed from the ruling party his friendship with Mbalula subsequently collapsed.

Malema added that Mbalula advised him to refrain from calling for ex-president Thabo Mbeki's recall, urging the former president's detractors to abandon their bid to have Mbeki removed as a sitting president.

"Mbalula has shown that he knows what is right and wrong," concluded Malema.

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