An amount of R5 million is apparently being paid to artists of the Mabala Noise record label, which is owned by Reggie Nkabinde, the national treasurer of the ANC Youth League.
This hefty claim was made by a once ANC insider, EFF leader Julius Malema, during a press conference held in Pretoria today at the IEC results centre on the eve of the final election results coming in. Malema made further allegations, accusing Nkabinde of using the record label as a front to launder millions he had received in water sanitation tenders from Nomvula Mokonyane, the former Gauteng premier, now the water and sanitation minister.
Mokonyane was also the head of the ANC’s election campaign.
“Nomvula likes them young. All these boys that are working for and with her are young boys,” said Malema. He joked that Nkabinde was getting tenders from Mokonyane’s department as if water had something to do with music.
Mabala Noise was recently established by Nkabinde and a business partner, DJ Bongz. The duo have signed close to 20 artists including rapper Riky Rick, Nasty C, Major League DJs, Khanyi Mbau, Zola and others.
A visibly frustrated Malema also alleged that Nkabinde was running a money laundering scheme and had spent R10 million on bringing international star Chris Brown to the country during the Durban July.
“Mabala Noise is used to steal money. Artists under Mabala Noise received R5 million. Mabala Noise is owned by Youth League TG. They used unconscious rappers who are committed to money. They used artists who are not like Hugh [Masekela] and Ma [Miriam] Makeba.”
“They take celebrities from Reggie’s stable and give them R5 million. Money unfortunately plays a big role in campaigns.”
In a clear reference to the dancing ANC president, Jacob Zuma, and an admission by Mokonyane that the party had spent more than R1 billion on its election campaign, Malema said: “People spent a billion on dabbing. But dabbing has fallen,” said Malema.
The outspoken leader also went on to slam the ANC’s election budget, saying it had indeed spent R1 billion even though ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize had said Mokonyane was wrong and the amount was less than that. Malema mocked the governing’s party’s election slogan, asinavalo (no shock), saying there was nothing like that an ymore and they had lots of valo (shock) now.
The party leader also defended his deputy, Floyd Shivambu, for calling ANN7 journalist Kalden Lachungpa a “Gupta agent”.
“We won’t legitimise the gangsterism of the Guptas and Zuma. Our country is molested by Zuma and the Guptas without Vaseline.”
On talk the EFF was considering coalitions with other political parties, Malema said they had accepted the results.
“My coming here is to accept defeat. We are here to accept the results. If anyone comes to us we will talk.”
He concluded that the EFF would not approach anyone and would rather focus on realising the promises they had made to the residents of their respective wards by delivering basic services such as water and education.
Twitter reaction to Malema’s claims
mabala noise have some valo .juju has no chill thou pic.twitter.com/Gjj9CQNyDa
— Simo Nxumalo (@blacktruthrsa) August 5, 2016
When Ricky Rick said "Ngidinga le tender, biza uMalema And tell him we tryna get rich before December" he was referring to Mabala Noise
— Bokenza (@infimiz_one) August 5, 2016
When are the Useless HAWKS going to start investigations of Money Laundering & Racketeering against this fake Mabala Noise?.#TaxpayersMoney
— D.M.H (@Hadebelm) August 5, 2016
so this how Riky got his new R2million ride. Mabala Noise getting money from the the ANCYL Treasure. Interesting pic.twitter.com/5RYtmmBZDx
— Mnr Kobus Van Vuuren (@kgee_ll) August 5, 2016