- Julius Malema has responded to the arrest of senior ANC official Vincent Smith
- The EFF leader is not impressed by the arrest and believes that it is merely a deflection
- Taking to social media, Julius called for the arrest of the real senior politicians responsible for corruption
Julius Malema has shared his thoughts about the recent arrest of former ANC MP Vincent Smith. The leader of the EFF believes that the arrest is a deflection because Smith was nowhere near as powerful as the other corrupt ministers.
Taking to Twitter, Malema posted:
"Former ANC MP Vincent Smith can’t be referred to as a senior politician; we need the arrest of real senior politicians in the #BOSASA matter. Current and former ministers, they are the ones who must be arrested and be referred to as senior politicians, not some deflection."
Mzansi social media users weighed in on the politician's tweet. They did not seem to impressed by his words. Twitter user wymsoc said:
"... but are you innocent or safe @Julius_S_Malema? Some of us wonder ... not worry but wonder ... Your thoughts on VBS, the plight of the goggos from Limpopo?!"
"The arrests are a welcome sign and next it must be the vbs as well. We need to consistent cic so that corruption may end and those who something and have evidence must come forward"
"In that case Luthuli House must turned in to Prison .....All of them are Corrupt"
"We also want to see the arrests of VBS beneficiaries"
Briefly.co.za had earlier reported that Vincent Smith has handed himself over to police on Thursday morning. His decision followed the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) arresting those implicated in the embezzling of state funds.
Smith is set to be charged with corruption and fraud for allegedly accepting and failing to declare R671 000 paid to his company by Bosasa between 2015 and 2016.
In similar news, the Zondo Commission made its first arrests since it was launched in 2018. Businessman Edwin Sodi and two ANC officials were arrested on Wednesday, 30 September as a result of evidence from the State Capture Inquiry.
It was reported that former Free State Human Settlements (FSHS) Department boss Nthimotse 'Tim' Mokhesi and former national Human Settlements director-general Thabane Zulu have been arrested by the Hawks alongside Sodi.
They were nabbed for their alleged involvement in Free State’s R255 million unlawful asbestos audit project.
According to The South African, Sodi had testified on Tuesday that the Minister of Health, Dr Zweli Mkhize, the Minister of Employment and Labour, Thulas Nxesi, the Deputy Minister of State Security, Zizi Kodwa, and the Deputy Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Pinky Kekana, received payments from him between 2013 and 2019.
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