- Floyd Shivambu has made his feelings clear about Minister of Public Enterprises Gordhan, accusing him of being the cause of the VBS allegations against the EFF
- The EFF deputy president made scathing remarks on numerous platforms against the minister, some old EFF views and adding some new ones
- Gordhan has not personally responded to the allegations personally, however, he did reach out through his spokesperson Adrian Lackay
Pravin Gordhan, Minister of public enterprises has retaliated after the EFF’s second-in-command verbally attacked him outside of the State Capture inquiry on Monday.
The deputy president led a crowd of protesting Economic Freedom Fighter members in Johannesburg, calling for the resignation of the minister while he was giving his testimony outside.
Floyd Shivambu made numerous brutal remarks against Gordhan, most of which were not based on any type of evidence.
Some of the accusations included Gordhan paying for Jacob Zuma’s re-election campaign, of implementing a “ rogue unit” at SARS, of “owning the media” and of being made minister only due to the fact that he had information on Zuma regarding the “ spy tapes”.
Shivambu regurgitated old EFF allegations and added a few new ones not only at the protest but in an obscure blog post, a statement as well as a press conference at which the Economic Freedom Fighters were meant to address their alleged involvement in the VBS Mutual Bank looting.
Parvin Gordhan stood accused by the EFF of being responsible for the VBS allegations as “revenge” for their alleged role in getting Nhlanhla Nene ( former finance minister) to resign. He also stood accused of being a “ Gupta accomplice”, of being head of a “cabal”, and “operating a parallel state apparatus”.
It was hardly surprising when the minister responded through his spokesperson Adrian Lackay.
“Explain to South Africans, and in particular the people of Limpopo, when money stolen from VBS Mutual Bank will be repaid”. Lackay said.
“It’s time for him to disclose what other sources of income funds his own lifestyle and that of other leadership figures in the EFF.”
Adrian also called on Shivambu to use the proper channels and testify in front of Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s inquiry if he has any evidence to substantiate his claims.
Although Gordhan has not directly addressed the EFF’s allegations he did make some veiled comments that could possibly be directed at them while giving testimony.
“Those attacking us have something to hide, something to protect, something to distract the public with,” he said.
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