The gloves have come off between investigative journalist Jacques Pauw and Julius Malema over who helped settle the EFF leader’s income tax bill. Malema demanded an apology and threatened to take legal action after the author suggested that his tax bill had been settled with a loan from self-confessed cigarette smuggler Adriano Mazzotti. Malema denied the allegation. Pauw tweeted on Wednesday: "Why is Dali Mpofu committing hara-kiri in defending Tom Moyane? Is it because they have a common friend: tobacco-man Adriano Mazzotti. Under Moyane‚ Mazzotti’s R600m tax bill disappeared. He also paid EFF registration fee in 2014 and gave Malema a loan to help pay his South African Revenue Service (SARS) bill." Pauw wrote an extensive open letter to Malema‚ which he posted on Facebook on Friday. "I was wrong in saying that you received a loan from Mazzotti to pay your tax bill. You in fact received a R1m loan from Kyle Phillips — a business partner of Mazzotti and his co-director in Carnilinx...

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