Black First Land First (BLF) has today charged Adriano Mazzotti with tobacco trafficking, money laundering, fraud, corruption, bribery and tax evasions at the CR Swartz Police Station in Durban. We have asked for key persons to be subpoenaed and questioned in furtherance of bringing Mazzotti to book.
The charges are based mainly on the admission of guilt by Mazzotti in his sworn affidavit to the South African Revenue Service (SARS) on 6 May 2014, which he submitted in furtherance of settling the outstanding taxes of Carnilinx which amounted to R600 million.
In his affidavit Mazzotti admits to fraud, money laundering, tobacco smuggling, tax evasion, and bribery and indicates the following:
a. Carnilinx, in which he is a director, illegally acquired two tons of tobacco weekly spanning 40 weeks or so. To avoid any detection of criminal wrongdoings no records of the manufacturing process were kept by Carnilinx.
b. He and fellow directors, Kyle Phillips and Mohammadh Sayed, used the proceeds of this crime to pay the people concerned and the balance was retained by the three of them in equal proportion. They used a substantial part of these proceeds as ‘company expenses, engaging in expensive dinners, entertaining business people, politicians and other people.
c. The proceeds of crime were used to entertain Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) President, Julius Malema; pay for the EFF to register for the 2014 elections, and assist to pay Malema’s tax debt.
d. In 2013 Mazzotti and his fellow directors in Carnilinx bribed a SARS official to hand them official documents.
e. In 2013/2014 they (Mazzotti and his fellow directors in Carnilinx) attempted to bribe Ivan Pillay, the then acting SARS commissioner and Johann van Loggerenberg the investigations head, with R800,000.
Although Mazzotti indicates that Carnilinx intends to plead guilty to the offences committed, neither Mazzotti nor any of the other directors of Carnilinx were criminally prosecuted and or made to account for their wrongdoings via the criminal and civil courts respectively. The tax bill of Carnilinx has instead completely disappeared and Mazzotti has confirmed that Carnilinx is tax compliant.
While the charges are preferred against Mazzotti, this case has revealed the following evidence on the issue of Malema and the EFF:
1. Mazzotti paid for EFF’s registration in the amount R200,000 to contest the 2014 elections.
2. Mazzotti’s partner and his co-director in Carnilinx, Kyle Phillips, gave Malema a loan of R1 million to assist with paying his tax debt. Malema has not disputed this and in fact admitted this fact to SARS (South African Revenue Service). Both Mazzotti or Phillips are ‘partners-in-crime in Carnilinx’.
3. In accepting a loan of R1 million from Phillips, Malema accepted the proceeds of crime.
4. Similarly, in accepting the R200,000 for the EFF to contest the 2014 elections, Malema accepted the proceeds of crime.
5. Malema’s conduct amounts to corruption.
6. Malema knows that Mazzotti and the other directors of Carnilinx would bribe top SARS officials with no hesitation.
Furthermore,evidence suggests that in 2017, ‘Mazzotti became a founder member and director of Dithabeng Mining, an opencast mine in Mphahlele.‘ When the miners protested and obtained an interdict against Dithabeng Mining, they were told by the EFF to resume duties because ‘Malema won’t tolerate production delays’. The bond between Mazzotti and Malema indeed runs deep.
Malema must answer these questions:
a. Why have you not asked SARS, Hawks and the NPA to fully investigate the relevant crimes and prosecute the perpetrators?
b. Did you know that Craig Williamson, the apartheid spy and assassin, was one of Mazzotti’s business partners?
c. Why are you ‘mingling’ with the likes of criminals like Mazzotti and gangster killers like Mikey Schultz?
Mazzotti, the Italian crime syndicate leader, has clearly funded political parties like the EFF to protect himself. He has captured parliament and the state via money gained from criminal activities.
It is shocking that both the SARS and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) have done nothing to prosecute Mazzotti for his crimes. He is obviously protected.
BLF will be pursuing the charges against Mazzotti to its finality. Whoever else is found to be implicated with Mazzotti will be charged in due course accordingly. We shall not rest until true justice is obtained against the white monopoly capital criminal.
Delivered by the President of Black First Land First, Andile Mngxitama
Read the affidavit of the BLF President in support of the charges against Adriano Mazzotti here.