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Julius, Duduzane 'live the high life'

2010-01-17 21:07

Johannesburg - ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema and Duduzane Zuma, President Jacob Zuma's son, reportedly have been true to their reputation of living the high life, spending time luxury boats over the festive season.

Rapport says while on the world's largest passenger ship, The Oasis of the Seas, young Zuma apparently stayed in a suite costing between R150 000 and R250 000 per week.

When asked, he didn't want to say anything to Rapport. "I'm not prepared to talk about it," were his words during a brief telephone conversation.

Some of the ship's passengers say they recognised him. A businessman from Cape Town who prefers to remain anonymous says Zuma stayed in the suite next to his.

The luxury two-deck suite boasts panoramic views over the water, and even includes its own concierge.

The master bedroom on the top deck is equipped with a shower for two, while the bar and private balcony are on the lower deck.

According to the source, Duduzane was surrounded by Indian businessmen most of the time. "They partied in the bars until the early morning hours."

South African passengers flew to Florida in the US to board the ship at Fort Lauderdale for the cruise from 19 to 26 December.

Mystery party

Meanwhile, the V&A Waterfront was abuzz after Malema was spotted partying on the luxury yacht Foreplay early in December, complete with expensive champagne and whiskey.

The party is shrouded in mystery.

Mark Engledouw, manager of Foreplay, boasts of clients including celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Robert de Niro and Matt Damon. But he didn't want to say a word about the party at which Malema was spotted, and would not confirm or deny that Malema had been on the yacht.

"What happens on board, stays on board - it's an unwritten rule," he said when asked.

Malema himself on Saturday denied having been on the yacht. "No, no, no. If I had been at a party on a boat I would have known about it. I would have been in charge [of the boat]."

The average sun-downer cruise from the Waterfront to Bloubergstrand will cost you R15 000 per hour, while a whole day's cruise can cost up to R57 000.

Malema is well-known for this luxurious lifestyle. He owns what appears to be a Breitling watch valued at R250 000 and has had quarrels with his neighbours in Sandton over loud and extravagant parties at his home.

In an earlier interview with Rapport, Malema stated that his lifestyle serves as an example for the poor, proving "that the ANC can change a township man's life".