Two ANC officials asked to step down following implication in VBS scandal

Two ANC officials asked to step down following implication in VBS scandal

Two ANC officials have been asked to step down following their implication in the VBS looting. Danny Msiza and Florence Radzilani have also been asked not to vote at the list conference.

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Danny Msiza, ANC Limpopo treasurer and Florence Radzilani, party provincial deputy chairperson have both received their walking papers from Stan Mathabatha, ANC provincial chairperson.

This follows the ANC National Working Committee which had met on the 3rd of December which had seen the approval of the party’s integrity commission’s recommendation that all ANC members who had been named in the VBS ‘Great Bank Heist’ report should step aside.

This message was relayed to the Provincial Executive Committee by Ace Magashule, ANC secretary-general.

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The two had been implicated by officials who had testified during the inquiry into looting at the bank.

Radzilani allegedly complained about receiving less money than municipal officials despite playing a huge role in making sure municipal deposits remained in the bank.

Msiza was allegedly fingered as a kingpin in the looting by one of the bank's officials who claimed that he had influenced municipalities to deposit funds into the bank.

The Provincial Executive Committee has also asked the two to consider refraining from voting at the list conference to avoid opening it up to possible legal backlash.

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When asked for comment on the matter Radzilani said that:

"Yes, I can confirm that I received a letter while we were in a PEC meeting where we were discussing issues about the list conference. The letter was communicating the same decision of the integrity committee that I should step aside for being implicated in the VBS report,"

She said that, while she respected the decision, it pained her that the ANC did not want to give her an opportunity to clarify her version of events.

" I was not afforded an opportunity by advocate Terry Motau's investigators and the ANC's integrity committee," she explained.

Radzilani confirmed that she was served with the letter by Mathabatha.

"Yes, I can confirm that I received a letter while we were in a PEC meeting where we were discussing issues about the list conference. The letter was communicating the same decision of the integrity committee that I should step aside for being implicated in the VBS report," she said.

She confirmed that the PEC had asked her to attend the list conference as a non-voting member, but that her name would not appear on the ballot for consideration.

Msiza could not be reached for comment on the matter.

ANC spokesperson Donald Selamolela confirmed that the two officials had been asked to step aside, as well as being asked not to vote at the list conference. He also clarified that the issue of replacing the officials will be discussed today.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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