S Africa – questions over who is paying for Malema’s lavish London lifestyle

City Press

Mystery surrounded expelled ANC Youth League president Julius Malema’s trip to London this week as to who was footing the lavish bill for his stay in the UK capital.

Friends of the Youth League today said Malema was invited to London by organisations who wanted him to address them.

“It [the trip] was not organised by us, it was organised by those who have invited us to London,” Mandla Seopela said.

He said the Malema lobby group was not paying for the trip, but he was not quite sure who was.

“I don’t know who is paying the expenses. [The] people who invited him will definitely pay, that is my assumption.”

Seopela said Malema would return from London tomorrow.

While in the British capital, Malema was staying at the five-star Corinthia hotel in Whitehall Place, SW London.

When Sapa called the hotel asking to speak to Malema the receptionist immediately put the call through to his room.

“How can you call me on my room number? You’re invading my privacy,” Malema said during the telephone call.

He refused to give any information regarding his trip to London before putting the phone down.

The former youth league head has been in the British capital since Sunday. During his visit he had interviews with the BBC’s World Service and Sky News.  Read more…

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