- Three men are taking the public broadcaster to court after it aired a clip of them and implied that they were involved in the VBS scandal
- The clip showed the men bragging about their wealth and holding large amounts of cash
- The individuals in the clip are now suing the SABC for defamation
Three men are suing the SABC for R1 million each after the broadcaster aired a clip linking them to the VBS looting scandal.
The SABC played a video clip of the individuals in a car as they bragged about their wealth and held large amounts of cash.
The SABC reportedly implied that the cash had been received from illegal activities in connection with VBS.
The VBS saga dominated headlines last year after it was revealed that more than R1 billion was looted from the bank before it collapsed, leaving a massive negative financial impact on the many individuals and local municipalities who had invested into the bank.
The revelations about the VBS looting implicated several politically-connected South Africans, including Jacob Zuma and Brian Shivambu, the brother of the EFF deputy president.
The men in the clip have accused the SABC of defaming them by linking them to the scandal. They claimed that they approached the public broadcaster with proof that they were not involved in the VBS saga, but that the SABC ignored them.
They insist that they work for a funeral service in Venda and that they obtained their money legitimately.
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