- EFF leaders Julius Malema and Floyd Shivambu recently questioned a payment made into the account of investigative journalist Pauli Van Wyk.
- The payment made into the Daily Maverick journalist’s account was later revealed to be a legitimate award payment.
- Pauli Van Wyk came to the attention of the EFF after writing about the alleged involvement of party members in the VBS scandal
Taking to Twitter EFF MP Hlengiwe Mkhaliphi accused journalist Pauli Van Wyk of receiving a payment for discrediting their deputy president. However, it has since been disclosed that the payment had been an award payment to the journalist for her work in the field.
The MP’s accusations had been supported by Julius Malema as well as Floyd Shivambu, who had wanted to know the origin and reason for the payment in question.
Floyd Shivambu has wanted to know how much the payment had been as well as where the payment had come from. Malema had also raised the same questions, adding that he wanted clarity as to why the payment reference had been ‘FLOOID’.
Naturally, the similarities between the payment reference and the deputy presidents name had raised some eyebrows. Van Wyk had published numerous articles implicating Shivambu in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal.
In a response to the allegations, The Daily Maverick had posted a response, saying that the payment had been legitimate. They further invited the EFF to state that the targeting of journalists is not only unacceptable but criminal.
In a premature response to the EFF’s allegations, the Daily Maverick had posted a story claiming that the funds had been deposited appeared to be an attempt to frame the journalist, before deleting the story as well as related tweets.
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