NC EFF calls for VBS ‘ben­e­fit’ probe

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EFF PRO­VIN­CIAL leader Aubrey Baart­man stated that any­one who ben­e­fited from the VBS Mu­tual Bank scan­dal should be in­ves­ti­gated for cor­rup­tion, fol­low­ing me­dia re­ports that the party had al­legedly re­ceived R1.3 mil­lion from the bank.

The Re­serve Bank com­mis­sioned a foren­sic re­port into VBS Bank, where it was re­vealed that EFF deputy pres­i­dent Floyd Shivambu’s younger brother, Brian Shivambu, had re­ceived over R16 mil­lion from the bank in “gra­tu­itous pay­ments”.


For­mer pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma’s foun­da­tion as well as the Pas­sen­ger Rail Agency of South Africa were also im­pli­cated in the re­port.

Baart­man ad­vised that the law should take its course and that any­one who had un­duly ben­e­fited should be black­listed.

“We have not yet re­ceived the re­port so we can­not give out any de­tails.”

He stated that there would “never be” any col­lu­sion be­tween the ANC and EFF.

Baart­man added that mu­nic­i­pal em­ploy­ees were be­ing used to fight “fac­tional bat­tles” within the ANC, re­sult­ing in a “sab­o­tage of ser­vices”.

He also de­nied that EFF com­man­der in chief Julius Malema had fired shots from an au­to­matic ri­fle into the air dur­ing the party’s birth­day cel­e­bra­tions that were held in the Eastern Cape in April.

“At ral­lies, we don’t have guns there will be no guns at any ral­lies that will be held in the North­ern Cape. There have been no po­lit­i­cal killings linked to the EFF.”

EFF pro­vin­cial sec­re­tary Shadrack Tl­haole called for Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, which has been with­out a mayor for the past three months, to be dis­solved.

“Coun­cil­lors are run­ning around like head­less chick­ens look­ing for po­si­tions. The cen­tre is not hold­ing and the ANC is in dis­ar­ray.”

He pointed out that if the EFF won the ma­jor­ity vote in the 2019 na­tional gen­eral elec­tions, of­fi­cials would be appointed on the ba­sis of skill, ed­u­ca­tion, ex­pe­ri­ence and ca­pac­ity.

“Once we are in power, we will help everyone re­gard­less of their po­lit­i­cal af­fil­i­a­tions. Most of all we want peo­ple who are hon­est. Po­si­tions will not be awarded ac­cord­ing to party pol­i­tics. It will not be like in the ANC where all the old may­ors are dumped at the Depart­ment of Co-op­er­a­tive Gov­er­nance, Hu­man Set­tle­ments and Tra­di­tional Af­fairs. You will find any Tom and Jerry there.”

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