- EFF leaders have denied having ties to Santaclara Trading after a report claimed R4 million in 'concerning' payments were made to the company
- The company is owned by a relative of Red Beret boss Julius Malema and allegedly received a VBS Mutual Bank bond
- While the report insists something foul is afoot, Malema claims his crowd is being unfairly targeted
Allegations of Julius Malema and the EFF's proximity to the VBS scandal are once again doing the round.
A Sunday Times report has claimed that over R4 million in 'concerning' payments were made to Santaclara Trading, owned by a relative of EFF leader Julius Malema.
The report claims that the account was linked to the EFF, Julius Malema's lawyer Ian Levitt and companies doing business with the state in Limpopo.
However, EFF leadership has denied any relationship with the company, despite the publication's claim that VBS funding could have made its way to EFF hands through it, reports The Citizen.
Malema’s cousin, Polokwane based DJ Phumi Matlebyane, was apparently found to have applied for a bond through the now-defunct bank.
Grand Azania, a company owned by EFF deputy Floyd Shivambu, paid R500 000 to Santaclara.
Commenting on the situation, Julius Malema denied any links to the company and defended Shivambu:
“They have never received money of VBS. Those boys work hard, they hire out sound systems, hire out tents and they hire out furniture and they are legitimate traders, but because of their association with me, you guys want to destroy them. Go on.”
Briefly.co.za reported that Shivambu had recently been caught up in a scandal over VBS-linked funding being used to finance his Range Rover Sport, something the deputy has denied.
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