South Africa: Malema Ally Has the 'World' in His Hands


Controversies have placed Sunday World's new politically connected owner, David Mabilu - with big interests in Limpopo - in the media spotlight. He has responded that there will be no favourable coverage for any political party.

(Tiso Blackstar sold its South African media, broadcasting and content businesses to Lebashe Investment Group for R800-million, it was announced on Thursday afternoon - Ed)

Tiso Blackstar this week announced that it would be selling one of its titles, Sunday World, to Fundudzi Media, owned by construction tycoon David Mabilu.

The EFF, in an excited press statement, was quick to hail the sale as a "positive development", calling on "big corporations, as well as government, to support Fundudzi Media by advertising in the Sunday World".

What the EFF did not disclose is party leader Julius Malema's longstanding relationship with Mabilu - presumably a good reason for the party to cheer the takeover.

As far back as 2011, amaBhungane and others reported on Mabilu's jet-setting Mauritius wedding which Malema, ANC Youth League president at the time, attended, together with a group of celebrities.

"The 44-year-old multimillionaire and his bride, Phala, chartered an airplane to ferry hundreds of friends, family and entertainers from South Africa to...

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