Julius Malema joins exclusive country-club set
Julius Malema and his wife, Mantwa Matlala, have joined the ranks of one of SA's most exclusive clubs.
They are on the list of new members at the Inanda Club, which is in the heart of Sandton's suburbs and close to its business district.
The club has many of the trappings of a country club, including a polo ground and stables for horses.
Patrons told the Sunday Times they were shocked when they saw Malema's name on the club's list of new members.
The Inanda Club is membership only for Johannesburg's elite who like exclusivity in their down time.
Members have access to sporting and dining facilities away from ordinary people.
"Today the Inanda Club offers privacy and exclusivity to like-minded individuals, with a need for business, sport and social networking. Situated in the heart of a busy and vibey Sandton it is a 'way of life' reminiscent of country living and rural tranquillity," according to the club website.
Malema is listed on the club notice board as a member of parliament and his wife as "a director".
Malema and his wife's home address was given as a Hyde Park property rented from controversial tobacco tycoon Adriano Mazzotti. It is about 4km away from the Inanda Club.
The club's website also says that the institution is a "family-friendly club" and "provides a safe environment for you and your family to relax in and enjoy the recreational facilities that are available".
The website states that the Inanda Club terrace restaurant, bars and dining facilities are available only to members.
The club refused to give details of Malema's membership, saying it did not share details about its members.
Club secretary Pauline Butler said it did not reveal who its members were.
Malema, as leader of the EFF, has been critical of elitism.
In the past he was criticised for living in upmarket Sandton while his supporters were mostly the poor and downtrodden.
In 2017, he was referred to as a "Gucci revolutionary" by Zimbabwean politicians - a jibe at his known love for high-end, branded clothing.
Aside from the sporting facilities at the club, Malema can choose between two lounges in which to relax or work.
He did not respond to requests for comment on his membership.