REPORT: Employees at Gupta-owned investment firm threatened after Malema comments


The head of an investment firm owned by the controversial government connected Gupta family, has said company executives had been receiving threatening phone calls since Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader, Julius Malema, last week vowed that the party would take action if they don’t leave the country.

According to Eyewitness News, Oakbay Investments boss Nazeem Howa made the revelation in a court document submitted to the Pretoria High Court on Tuesday, after the family announced it would be laying chargers against Malema for his comments, which also included the banning of journalist from The New Age newspaper and ANN7 television station at EFF events.

In his statement, Howa alleged that Malema used the party’s press conference last week to incite violence against the Guptas, adding that it not only amounted to the spreading of untrue rumours, but also to convince EFF supporters that the family were “criminals and fraudsters”.

“Instead of taking the matter up with the courts or authorities, the respondents (EFF) decided to use unconstitutional means to further their propaganda not taking cognisance of any Constitutional rights of the Applicants,” an extract read.

Addressing party members outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg a short while ago, Malema said the party were not afraid of the law suit as it in was within their rights to criticise.

Lawyers representing the EFF, Democratic Alliance and office of Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, have meanwhile continued submitting statements to the court that Zuma failed to take appropriate remedial action in paying back a portion of the money spent on security upgrades at Nkandla, as per Madonsela’s Secure in Comfort report.