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Exxaro denies link to Julius Malema

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Exxaro denies link to Julius Malema

Just because ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and deputy police minister Fikile Mbulala had flown in an Exxaro helicopter while engaged in ANC business, did not mean that the company was connected to them, or their party, the mining company has stated. The helicopter is apparently managed by a private hire company, and ANCYL spokesperson Floyd Shivambu said that the League had paid for its use. What rank-and-file members of the ANCYL think about their leaders using League funds to hire helicopters is another matter entirely. Read more: News24

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