Floyd’s VBS riddle
EFF deputy leader Shivambu could face a probe by law enforcement agencies
DESPITE his denials that he benefited from the VBS Mutual Bank saga, EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu could be in trouble with the ethics committee in Parliament.
Shivambu could also be facing a probe by law enforcement agencies.
Yesterday Shivambu denied that he had received any money from VBS, saying this was a lie peddled by faceless people.
He said those responsible for the theft and looting of VBS Bank should face the full might of the law and be prosecuted.
He denied ever receiving R10 million from the bank into his banking account.
“I have no dealings with VBS, and any attempt to link the EFF to the bank for cheap political points is a clear sign of desperation, and soon enough people will see through it,” said Shivambu.
He added that the party maintained that VBS should not be liquidated but recapitalised.
On the other hand, co-chairperson of the ethics committee, Omie Singh, said yesterday that anyone could lodge a complaint against the EFF deputy leader and the committee would investigate the matter.
Singh said so far no one had come forward to lay a complaint.
He said once the complaint had been lodged with them, it would have to go through the internal processes of investigation.
“Anyone can lay a complaint against the member. Each complaint must go through an investigation. We’ve got a process. You have to give the person a chance to respond,” he said.
Shivambu said he had never been involved in taking money from the bank. “If our interest was on siphoning money from the dissolved board members of VBS, we would have disengaged when the bank was placed under curatorship.
“We, however, continue to closely monitor how depositors’ monies are returned, made endless calls to the Reserve Bank to give people their money and motivated why the bank should be saved,” said Shivambu.
Other than the ethics committee that will potentially investigate Shivambu, other law enforcement agencies indicated in the week that they would investigate.
The Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority said they had received the report from advocate Terry Motau, SC, and would be investigating the case.
Motau has called for action and for those responsible for the looting of the bank to be prosecuted.
The Hawks said five senior prosecutors would be assisting with the investigation of the case.
The NPA also said it would gather evidence to ensure that those responsible were brought to book.
The law enforcement agencies are under pressure to act in the matter, with other parties also calling for action against those behind the looting.
All the parties in Parliament said they hoped that the NPA and the Hawks would move quickly on the matter.
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