Johannesburg - Under-fire celebrity businessman Reggie Nkabinde defended himself on Monday against Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema's suggestion that he was receiving money from his contacts in government.Nkabinde, who is both the treasurer general of the African National Congress Youth League and chairperson of entertainment company Mabala Noise, was responding to a claim by Malema that he had received money from the department of water and sanitation due to the nature of his relationship with its minister, Nomvula Mokonyane."Mama Nomvula and Serge [Husband] are my parents, it’s something I have not hidden, and are my political mentors, and at every platform, every birthday, I will continue to praise them. They have raised a gallant revolutionary like I am," Nkabinde told reporters in Johannesburg.Last week, during a media briefing at the IEC centre, Malema claimed the minister and Nkabinde had a "special relationship"."She likes them young; that’s how Reggie became a favourite” Malema said.Nkabinde said he owes the Mokonyane’s for his success: "Today I am who I am because of the role they played in my life, so today it can’t be, now that I own Mabala Noise or am the TG of the Youth League, I want to distance myself from them. It’s not possible."'Why would he sell his soul for R5m'Nkabinde said South African artists are not that cheap."Riky Rick alone costs about R65 000 per gig and he is always working on weekends, makes around R500 000 a month, so why would he sell his soul for R5m," he said.Malema told journalists that the ANC had taken artists from Nkabinde’s stable and paid them R5m to campaign for the ruling party in the run-up to the 2016 local government elections.Artists signed to Nkabinde’s company include Nasty C, Gigi Lamayne, Khanyi Mbau and Major League DJz, some of whom were spotted on the campaign trail with ANC leaders.'Pan Africanist'Nkabinde also questioned Malema’s motive for launching an attack on his company. He said, in the past, black-owned music companies had been attacked, listing Kalawa Jazmee, 999 and TS Records as examples.He said the EFF’s commander in chief should be getting behind Mabala Noise."Malema claims he is a Pan Africanist. As a Pan Africanist you should be uplifting black owned entities. As a brother, I call on him to support black-owned companies,” he said.The chairperson and founder of Mabala Noise said no decision had been made on whether to legally challenge the claims of money laundering made by Malema. He said lawyers were still being consulted."As an individual, I hold certain views about Julius. If we were to go to court, it still doesn’t matter to Julius, he has been in and of court many times; I think he enjoys that. As an individual I would avoid it but, I am not working alone," he said.