Saturday, 05 October 2019 10:04

The former SARS executive at the centre of the "rogue unit" saga, Johann van Loggerenberg, said he has recorded phone calls and emails that prove EFF leader Julius Malema had asked for help with his tax affairs however Malema has denied this. 

On Friday, News24 reported that Malema, through his attorney, once approached Van Loggerenberg for help with his tax affairs.

Malema and Van Loggerenberg met at The Sheraton hotel in 2010, where the SARS executive attempted to explain why the narrative in a so-called intelligence dossier Project Snowman, that a rogue unit was operating at the tax service, was false.

During the meeting, Malema was recorded saying he accepted SARS facts showing that the narrative of the unit was false.

This was revealed in an affidavit by Van Loggerenberg, filed as part of an ongoing review application seeking to set aside a Public Protector report which contained the finding that the High-Risk Investigations Unit, later dubbed the "rogue unit", had been established unlawfully.

Meanwhile Malema confirmed that he met Van Loggerenberg in 2010 and he gave his version of the meeting. .

Van Loggerenberg also revealed in his affidavit that State Security Agency (SSA) triple agent and one-time tobacco industry attorney Belinda Walter, who is regarded as someone at the centre of the "rogue unit" narrative, registered the trademark of the EFF logo. Van Loggerenberg also questioned why Malema sought to downplay his relationship with Walter.

However Malema told News24 he met her once at the behest of the owner of cigarette manufacturer Carnilinx, Adriano Mazzotti, at the Da Vinci hotel in Sandton.