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What ex­actly does Pravin Gord­han know about Julius Malema? Malema has ramped up his as­sault on Gord­han, even though Gord­han’s tes­ti­mony to the Zondo com­mis­sion showed how he held back the loot­ers un­leashed by for­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma — which you’d think Malema would ap­plaud.

And yet Malema has branded Gord­han a “dog of white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal” and worse. Rightly, Gord­han laid charges against him over a se­ries of flimsy claims, such as the ac­cu­sa­tion that Gord­han re­ceived cor­rupt pay­ments in a se­cret Cana­dian ac­count. This slur was factchecked and found to be de­void of truth.

Could it be that Gord­han’s role as head of the SA Rev­enue Ser­vice dur­ing Malema’s run-in with the tax au­thor­i­ties means he knows where Juju’s “smal­l­anyana skele­tons” are buried?

In the past week fur­ther de­tails have come to light about Malema’s less-thankosher re­la­tion­ship with al­leged cig­a­rette smug­gler Adri­ano Maz­zotti, who gave the EFF R200,000 in 2013. It has emerged that Malema’s wife and fam­ily live in a lux­u­ri­ous Hyde Park man­sion that Maz­zotti owns.

Malema’s claims against Gord­han fall apart when held up to the slight­est scru­tiny. He is go­ing to have to try a lot harder to be­smirch the man who SA is hop­ing will clean up the Zuma rot.

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