Messages expose Floyd Shivambu using influence for financial gain

Messages expose Floyd Shivambu using influence for financial gain

-EFF Deputy President Floyd Shivambu recenly told Parliament that the only income he had earned in 2017 had been his salary as an MP

- However, a report claims that a string of WhatsApp messages prove this was far from the truth

- The messages reveal that Shivambu may have used his position to secure meetings and potential deals for businessman Lawrence Mulaudzi

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Economic Freedom Fighter Floyd Shivambu may have lied to Parliament about his income, according to a recent report put forward by amaBhungane.

The investigation found that a string of messages had between the Deputy-President and businessman, Lawrence Mulaudzi, indicate otherwise, with Shivambu asking twice for an 'intervention', reports News24.

The report claims that these requests were followed up with banking details and in one instance Grand Azania, a company controlled by Brian Shivambu, had received a payment.

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Mulaudzi had been in the spotlight during the Public Investment Corporation Commission, which had been investigating his company after it had received R3.6 billion in loans from the entity.

It seems as if Shivambu would receive payments in exchange for securing business deals and meetings for the businessman.

In one instance Mulaudzi's partner, Kinesh Pather, had been looking for assistance during protests at a chrome mine in Limpopo and had told Mulaudzi they needed the 'Red Boys' to 'reign in' one of the community leaders involved.

This adds to the growing evidence that Grand Azania, a small wine bar owned by Floyd's brother, was used as a proxy by the deputy-president.

The company had been one of many linked to the looting of VBS Mutual Bank, allegedly receiving R6.2 million from loans made to Brian Shivambu and his businesse, reported earlier.

When asked for comment, Mulaudzi admitted that his relationship with Shivambu 'dates back to our ANC Youth League days' but denies anything 'untoward'.

Shivambu and the EFF have not responded to requests for comment on the matter.

With South Africans going to the polls on Wednesday, one cannot help but question if the EFF will be using their political standing to better the lives of the citizens who support them, or simply their own.

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