- EFF leader Julius Malema has broken the party’s silence on the VBS looting scandal
- Malema said he and the EFF had full confidence in deputy leader Floyd Shivambu and believed that he was not involved in the looting of the Limpopo-based bank
- The EFF leader instead blamed Pravin Gordhan and the National Treasury for launching a witch-hunt against the EFF
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema has broken his party’s silence on its alleged role and the role its deputy leader Floyd Shivambu played in the VBS looting scandal. Malema said he and the EFF had full confidence in Shivambu and his innocence.
Malema said the EFF’s leadership were satisfied with the explanation provided by Shivambu and did not believe the deputy leader was complicit in the looting which took place at VBS. Malema said Shivambu has surrendered his bank statements to the party and the EFF could not find a single cent which Shivambu had received from VBS.
Malema and the EFF leadership held a media briefing at the party’s Braamfontein headquarters earlier on Tuesday afternoon. The briefing came nearly a week after the release of Advocate Terry Motau’s explosive forensic report into the VBS banking scandal.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Malema reiterated an earlier statement released by the EFF which called for those who had illegally benefitted from the looting of VBS to face the full might of the law.
Citizen.co.za reported that Malema turned his attention to the allegations levelled at his party, the report claimed the EFF had received R1.3 million from VBS. Malema said these malicious reports were as a result of a witch-hunt launched by Minister Pravin Gordhan and the National Treasury.
Malema said the witch-hunt against the EFF was as retribution for the party having exposed corruption and malpractice at the National Treasury.
Malema said the EFF rejected the notion that people were being found guilty of committing crimes in the court of public opinion. Malema called on all those implicated in the scandal to avail themselves and provide full cooperation with law enforcement officials.
EWN.co.za reported that Shivambu denies having received R10 million from his brother Brian Shivambu. Brian Shivambu is alleged to have received around R16 million from VBS and gave R10 million of that money to his brother.
Malema claims Pravin Gordhan was angry that the EFF had managed to get the former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene to resign because of his links to the Gupta family. Malema said Gordhan and Nene were allies and Gordhan was seeking retribution for Nene’s departure.
Malema said the EFF was proud of exposing Nene as a crook and forcing him to resign from office.
On Monday, the former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela urged the EFF to conduct a full-scale internal forensic investigation into the role which Shivambu had played in the VBS scandal.
Madonsela said the manner in which the EFF responded to the allegations against itself and Shivambu would be a test on whether the party was truly committed to ethical and clean governance.
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