- Despite being involved in the infamous #VBSHeist, Venda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana clings onto his crown
- The king promised to repay the R17 million he received from the bank but has not done so yet
- Now, Limpopo politicians want Ramabulana to step down and be replaced by "those have the interests of the people at heart"
Venda King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana has not repaid the money he received from VBS Mutual Bank and now his rule in under threat.
Ramabulana admitted to receiving over R17 million from the bank and said he would repay the money but has not done so yet.
A report by The Citizen indicates that Limpopo politicians are now coming after the king.
DA Limpopo provincial leader, Jacques Smalle, said the king is not above the law and wants him to be held accountable for his actions.
In our book no one is above the law. We want Ramabulana to step down as king of the Vhavenda. We also want him to face criminal charges because he stole from the poor.
The poor people of Venda, who are his subjects, trusted the bank to improve their lives for the better through these investments. But now instead of protecting his people, he chose to steal from them.
SACP (SA Communist Party) Limpopo spokesperson, Machike Thobejane, shares the DA's sentiments and says the king accepted what he called 'blood money' from VBS.
Accepting money from VBS shareholders is proof he made a deal with the devil. He can longer be trusted by his people and he must therefore step down and let those who have the interests of the people at heart lead.
Two months ago, the king promised to pay back the money, but Briefly.co.za gathered that there is no proof of any payment made yet.
However, the South African Municipal Workers Union’s Patrick Aphane feels that expecting the king to step down is like asking him to give up his right to rule.
All we expected him to do was to pay back the money as he promised and desist from dodgy dealings. Asking him to step down is tantamount to robbing him of his birthright.
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