- Thuli Madonsela has encourages the EFF to conduct an internal investigation into the role its deputy leader played in the VBS banking scandal
- Madonsela pointed out that the time had come for the EFF to hold itself to the same standard which it applied to investigating other parties and institutions
- The former public protector said it appeared as if the EFF was using Zuma-era ANC tactics in its denials of wrongdoing
Former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has encouraged the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) to conduct a full internal forensic investigation into the role which its deputy leader Floyd Shivambu allegedly played in the VBS bank scandal.
Madonsela said the time had come for the EFF, who had been instrumental in investigating other parties, persons and organisations, to apply those same standards to itself and the upper echelons of the party’s leadership structure.
Madonsela pointed out that Shivambu should have been suspicious of the large sums of money which his brother’s, Brian Shivambu, business was receiving from Vele Investments.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the former Public Protector said Shivambu should have realised that there was no legal way for his brother’s consultancy business to be clearing as much money as it did and the EFF needed to determine the extent to which Shivambu knew or should have known that his brother was possibly involved in dubious business practices.
Madonsela said Shivambu needed to provide answers to the EFF’s leadership about how he could ignore his brother’s business going from struggling start-up to a multi-million rand operation literally overnight.
Businesslive reported that Madonsela said the EFF’s denials masked as ignorance was reminiscent of how the African National Congress (ANC) conducted itself during the Jacob Zuma era.
Madonsela said for the first time the EFF found itself in a seriously compromising political and ethical position and it appeared as if the party was adopting the ANC’s tactics to deal with the crisis.
She said the EFF needed to fulfil its moral obligation to investigate a serious allegation of compromised ethics by one of its top leaders.
Madonsela said all public officials, including Members of Parliament (MPs), were bound by Section 195 of the Constitution to conduct themselves in a moral and ethical manner, in other words, public officials were bound by the law to do the right thing.
The former Public Protector said how the EFF chose to deal with the current crisis would prove whether the party was truly serious about being an ethical and moral leader in the country or whether like the ANC before it, the party would keep Shivambu in the party while the matter dragged through the court system for years.
Shivambu and his brother Brian have denied any wrongdoing in the matter. The EFF is due to hold what is expected to be a comprehensive media briefing regarding the VBS scandal on Tuesday.
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