- The EFF has responded to the recent DA application against them, calling it “opportunistic” and “foolish”
- The DA filed the complaint against them after a report implicated them in the VBS scandal
- The application will see the EFF facing criminal charges for the allegations against them
“Opportunistic” and “foolish” this is what the Economic Freedom Fighters think of the Democratic Alliance’s criminal complaint against it.
On Thursday officials from the DA opened a case against the leader of the EFF Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu ( deputy president) as well as the party itself for allegedly benefiting from the VBS Mutual Bank scandal.
In a notorious report on behalf of the Reserve Bank “ The Great Bank Heist” detailed how R1.8 billion was looted from VBS.
Following a report released by the Daily Maverick, outlining how much money was allegedly transferred to businesses owned by family members of Malema and Shivambu, the DA filed their criminal complaint.
Second in command of the EFF, Floyd Shivambu pointed out that nowhere in the report or the ensuing investigation were they singled out for any wrongdoing.
“They’re in a fishing expedition and they’re going to be humiliated if there is going to be any action taken by whoever is responsible for this matter. They’re being foolish and opportunistic.”
Briefly.co.za reported that an investigation allegedly fingered the two as well as indicated that Malema received money which funded his lifestyle. The DA MPs will open their case at the central Cape Town Buitenkant Street police station.
The application was met with mixed reviews on social media. EFF supporters rallied behind their party, whilst members from the DA as well as the ANC felt that the EFF had been protesting to hide their own involvement.
Kevin Mileham has held firmly to his opinion that everyone accused of benefiting from the scandal at VBS Mutual Bank should be held accountable. Responding to the recent events, the Democratic Alliance's Shadow Minister further elaborated saying:
“Evidence of the EFF looting VBS is there, day-by-day and it’s clear that the party which claims to be on the side of the poor, marginalised and vulnerable, has been deeply involved in stealing from the very same people it claims to represent.”
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