Self-confessed cigarette smuggler and EFF benefactor Adriano Mazzotti has admitted to also donating “hundreds of thousands of rand” to the ANC.

Adriano Mazzotti, a director of controversial cigarette company Carnilinx, said he made the donations to the ANC either personally or through his entities and that it is in excess of his contribution to the EFF. He refused to divulge exactly how much he had donated.

The ANC’s Zizi Kodwa said in a written reply that the organisation is aware that in January this year, Mazzotti participated in an ANC fundraising gala dinner in East London and “bought” a table for R250,000.

Mazzotti has been in the news for allegedly dodging a tax bill of hundreds of millions of rand and for being close to Julius Malema. He has admitted to contributing R200,000 to the EFF while another Carnilinx director loaned the EFF leader a million rand to help him settle his tax bill.