- EFF leader Julius Malema has shared his opinion on President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to place Zweli Mkhize on special leave amid the R150 million Digital Vibes matter
- The politician accused Ramaphosa of treating the Health Minister with kid gloves because Mkhize allegedly belongs to the president's cabal
- Malema said Ramaphosa is tolerant of corruption when politicians close to him are implicated in corruption scandals
EFF leader Julius Malema has shared his views on President Cyril Ramaphosa's decision to place embattled Health Minister Zweli Mkhize on special leave following the R150 million Digital Vibes scandal.
The politician believes that Ramaphosa is treating Mkhize gently because "he belongs to the Ramaphosa cabal". Mkhize allegedly benefited from the contract awarded to his close associates who worked on his 2017 presidential campaign.
Mkhize has reportedly said that he is prepared to repay the money he unduly received in the Digital Vibes scandal.
"He is being treated with kid gloves because he belongs to the Ramaphosa cabal. As a result, when it comes to his own, Ramaphosa is willing to be tolerant to corruption and give corruption special leave," Malema said, according to TimesLIVE.
Malema also accused Ramaphosa’s administration of being selective when dealing with corrupt government officials. Malema was speaking at his party's press conference in Braamfontein in Johannesburg on Thursday, 10 June.
Brian Shivambu's readiness to pay back the money
Still on politics, Briefly News reported that EFF leader Julius Malema is adamant that just because Brian Shivambu, the brother of Floyd Shivambu, has promised to pay back R4.5 million to VBS Mutual Bank, it does not make him guilty.
He spoke at a press conference in Johannesburg on Thursday. According to The Citizen, Malema said that Brian's readiness to pay back the money was a compromise and not a confession of guilt.
"It doesn’t mean you admit liability but for the sake of progress, let’s do it and move on. This country is where it is because there was a compromise..."
EWN reported that an acknowledgement of debt contract signed shows that Brian signed the agreement in March last year, acknowledging that he was the beneficiary of millions of rand for no specific reason.
7 Days to shut schools down
"The EFF calls for the schools to close with immediate effect. We give the Minister of education 7 days to close schools, failing which, the EFF will be left with no choice but to close the schools."
Malema warned that the coronavirus is a threat to schoolchildren and wants the government to act before it's too late.
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