NC EFF calls for VBS ‘benefit’ probe
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.”