Malema claims VBS allegations part of plot to defend Pravin Gordhan

Malema claims VBS allegations part of plot to defend Pravin Gordhan

Julius Malema, leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters, has dismissed new allegations that his party benefited from R4.13 million which had allegedly been looted from VBS Mutual Bank. Instead, Malema feels that the allegations had been part of a 'witch-hunt' intended to defend Pravin Gordhan.

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EFF leader Julius Malema has dismissed a recently-released investigation claiming that the party had benefited from R4.13 million looted from VBS Mutual Bank.

Malema commented that he was not concerned about 'lizard' journalists when the EFF had the 'crocodile' (Gordhan) in their sights.

Instead, he insisted that the information had been 'recycled' and released in an attempt to defend Pravin Gordhan, who was fingered in an adverse report by the Public Protector:

“I’m not going to entertain this thing that every time Pravin is in hot water and the EFF takes a stand Pauli goes to a dustbin to dig the old (story). I don’t have time for that. She must go and be buried in that dustbin where she digs the old recycled story of VBS. There’s nothing new."

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Pauli Van Wyk, the investigative journalist who penned the report, has had her efforts shrugged off by Malema, who denies VBS paid for the party's birthday celebrations back in 2017:

“We are not going to be chased by Afrikaner journalists here who want to rubbish the EFF because the EFF doesn’t agree with Pravin. The VBS story in the EFF is buried. It doesn’t matter how many times they can recycle it, it will never shake the EFF."

Meanwhile, Pravin Gordhan has filed an application to oppose the Public Protector's report. reported that Malema had vowed to aid in the legal battle against the Minister, calling for him to be removed from Cabinet.

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