- Blade Nzimande has lashed out at the EFF
- He says the Red Berets are going after Pravin Gordhan because of the minister's role in exposing Julius Malema's tax issues
- Nzimande also said that the EFF was unhappy that Gordhan was taking on corruption
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande has slammed the EFF for their attacks on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan.
He says the EFF's animosity toward Gordhan is driven by the minister's role in exposing Julius Malema's tax issues.
Nzimande made the remarks while giving a speech at the SACP's 98th-anniversary event in Mpumalanga over the weekend.
Nzimande appeared to be referring to an incident where SARS accused Malema of tax evasions to the tune of R16 million, Briefly.co.za has gathered.
This was in connection with payments made to Malema's Ratanang Family Trust. While Malema was ANC Youth League president, several companies received tenders from the Limpopo provincial government without following proper protocols. Some of these companies made suspicious payments to Malema's trust, which later caught SARS's attention.
"The reason they are fighting comrade Pravin Gordhan is simple," Nzimande said during his address. "Comrade Gordhan was a commissioner at the SA Revenue Service and he was the one who was the first to say that Ratanang Trust in Limpopo has not been paying taxes."
Additionally, Nzimande said that the EFF was unhappy with Gordhan's efforts to clean up government and root out corruption. Nzimande said that the EFF had benefited from these unlawful dealings, according to IOL.
According to Nzimande, Gordhan's clean-up efforts are going to "trample upon some of the people who are supporting the EFF".
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