- Floyd Shivambu has denied allegations that he has engaged in business with billionaire, Johann Rupert
- In his denial, Shivambu slammed 'white monopoly capital'
- EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi also dismissed the accusations, calling them "false and misplaced"
EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu has dismissed suggestions that he has a business relationship with billionaire, Johann Rupert, who is chairman of companies Remgro and Richemont.
Shivambu made the statement on Twitter over the weekend.
This came after a report which alleged that Rupert and Shivambu had had a business meeting at a Stellenbosch wine estate.
On Sunday, News24 reported that Shivambu had requested Rupert's assistance to provide funds to build a hospital in Limpopo. This allegation grabbed attention, as the EFF has frequently condemned Rupert (as well as several other South African billionaires).
In particular, the EFF has often railed against 'white monopoly capital' and claimed that a cabal of business interests pulls strings in government.
In response to the claim, Shivambu denied having any association with Rupert and reiterated his belief that "white monopoly capital remains the primary enemy in the war for freedom".
Several text messages - purportedly sent between Shivambu and Rupert - have also since surfaced, Briefly.co.za has gathered. In the messages, Shivambu and Rupert get into a heated exchange.
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has confirmed that the EFF has seen these messages. However, he says that the claims regarding Shivambu and Rupert are "misplaced and false".
Specifically, Ndlozi maintains that the story is an attempt to direct attention away from the Public Protector's findings against Cyril Ramaphosa.
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