"We decided not to give him a job in finance because he's no good with change," said Colorpress printers' managing director Ryan Lotter, who on Tuesday made a winning R100 000 bid for the dummy star of the Nando's advertisements.
Informed on Tuesday that his puppet counterpart had fetched R100 000, ANC Youth League president Julius Malema had only one question: "So who bought it?"
Informed that Lotter had purchased "Little Julius" and that all proceeds from the sale would go to the Self-Help Development Organisation, which empowers young men by teaching them mechanics, electrical engineering and woodwork skills, Malema cleared his throat. "Thank you for telling me," he said.
Jimmy Mahlangu of the Self-Help Development Organisation was audibly overwhelmed by the news of "Julius's" R100 000 price tag. "That's great it will really help," he said.
Nando's marketing manager Sylvester Chauke said the company was "very happy" with the winning Julius bid, but would be sad to see the puppet go.
"We have become very attached to him we will probably have some kind of farewell for him before we say goodbye to him," he said.
Barely a day into his life in corporate South Africa, "Julius" has a very full diary. After saying good-bye to the Stick advertising agency in Bryanston, where he has lived since his birth in April, "Julius" already has a long list of events and photo opportunities to attend.
He is scheduled to meet Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille, who said of the puppet's sale in aid of charity: "That's the first good thing that Julius Malema has ever done for this country."