Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Swiss-based luxury-goods company, Richemont Johann Rupert has threatened to expose his relationship with EFF leader Julius Malema, if he continues telling lies about him.
Speaking at the 2016 Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Awards in Sandton on Tuesday night, the business mogul beseeched Malema to stop telling lies against him, else he will tell the world that he [Johann] gives him money.
Rupert said he’s aware Malema has been telling a lot of lies about him; adding that the opposition party leader’s aim is to pull him down from the top with his irrelevant speeches. He admitted that he has been Malema’s sponsor for long; regardless of the fact that he has never met him.
“…So stop lying about me and I won’t lie about our relationship. I’ve never met you but I promise you too (sic) can play the game,” Rupert warned Juju.
Juju Slams Johann Rupert
In September, Malema launched a scathing attack on Rupert; accusing him and other “agents of white capital” of capturing most ministers in the country.
According to Juju, most South African ministers were appointed by billionaire Rupert and other ‘marketers’. He satirically called on these ‘marketers’ to join politics fully rather than acting like backroom boys.
The renowned businessman was honoured with the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his contribution to the country’s economy at the event.
Appreciating the honour bestowed on him, Johann Rupert, who doubles as the chairman of the South Africa-based Remgro said his success was achieved with the help of leadership that understands the value of creating a culture.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan was recognized as the Business Leader of the Year; while CalgroM3 was awarded the Sunday Times Top Company for 2016.
Other outstanding South Africans, who have previously won the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies Lifetime Achievement Award include; Stephen Koseff, Richard Maponya, Christo Wiese, Bobby Godsell, Bill Venter, Nthato Motlana, Brian Joffe, Nelson Mandela, Allan Gray, Donald Gordon, Sam Motsuenyane, Koos Bekker, Raymond Ackerman and Anton Rupert.