I had noth­ing to do with VBS – mayor

Radzi­lana slams ANC in­tegrity com­mis­sion

Sunday World - - Sunday Report - By Ng­wako Malatji Malatjing­[email protected]­day­world.co.za

Lim­popo ANC deputy provin­cial chair­per­son Flo­rence Radzi­lani has fired a broad­side at the VBS re­port and the ANC’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion.

Radzi­lani, mayor of the Vhembe district mu­nic­i­pal­ity, is among ANC lead­ers im­pli­cated in the re­port com­piled for the SA Re­serve Bank by ad­vo­cate Terry Mo­tau.

Mo­tau’s ad­verse find­ings against Radzi­lani re­sulted in the ANC in­tegrity com­mis­sion ask­ing her and her fel­low com­rades im­pli­cated in the re­port to “step aside”.

How­ever, in a let­ter writ­ten to ANC sec­re­tary-gen­eral Ace Ma­gashule on Novem­ber 1, Radzi­lani at­tacked the in­tegrity com­mis­sion and the re­port and asked Ma­gashule not to al­low her to ap­pear be­fore it as there was no ba­sis for her to do so.

Radzi­lani, who re­cently hogged head­lines when the au­dio in which she recorded ANC provin­cial chair­per­son and Lim­popo premier Stan Matha­batha ask­ing to have an adul­ter­ous affair with her went vi­ral, said she did not in­struct her mu­nic­i­pal­ity to in­vest money in VBS as stated in the re­port.

She said the money was in­vested by the for­mer mu­nic­i­pal man­ager and chief fi­nan­cial of­fi­cer who were sec­onded to the strug­gling mu­nic­i­pal­ity by the Lim­popo provin­cial trea­sury.

“These were the two of­fi­cials who in­vested money with VBS and did so be­fore I was ap­pointed to the mu­nic­i­pal­ity. In fact, the agree­ment be­tween VBS and the mu­nic­i­pal­ity was signed in Jan­uary 2015. As the ex­ec­u­tive mayor, I was never in­volved in any of the in­vest­ment de­ci­sions to in­vest with VBS bank, nor did I have any in­flu­ence over these de­ci­sions.

“In fact I only learned about the mu­nic­i­pal­ity’s then R300m in­vest­ments in VBS when the cur­rent mu­nic­i­pal man­ager came to ad­vise me that the CFO had made such in­vest­ment with­out the knowl­edge of the mu­nic­i­pal man­ager.”

Radzi­lani crit­i­cised her party’s in­tegrity com­mis­sion for an­nounc­ing that she should “step aside” as no one had lodged a com­plaint against her.

She also said the com­mis­sion didn’t grant her an op­por­tu­nity to make rep­re­sen­ta­tions.

“I am also mind­ful that when the in­tegrity com­mit­tee [sic] met on 27-28 Oc­to­ber 2018 to con­sider eth­i­cal judg­ments in re­la­tion to mem­bers of the ANC im­pli­cated in the VBS saga, it stated that ‘ev­ery cadre ac­cused of, or re­ported to be in­volved in, cor­rupt prac­tices ac­count to [it] im­me­di­ately or face dis­ci­plinary ac­tion’. Fur­ther­more my un­der­stand­ing of the in­tegrity com­mit­tee [sic] is that any find­ing that it might make in re­la­tion to any mem­ber would be pre­ma­ture with­out giv­ing that mem­ber an op­por­tu­nity to ad­dress [it] …

“In the cir­cum­stance, I re­quest that you con­firm in writ­ing that I am not un­der con­sid­er­a­tion by the in­tegrity com­mit­tee [sic] or the NEC in re­la­tion to the oc­cur­rences at the VBS Bank given what I have set out above,” she said.

At­tempts to so­licit com­ment from Radzi­lani drew a blank.

ANC spokesper­son Pule Mabe said: “The mat­ter has been re­ferred to the NWC for com­plete­ness and fi­nal­ity.”

Mean­while, a group of VBS mi­nor­ity share­hold­ers in Venda are op­pos­ing the Re­serve Bank’s ap­pli­ca­tion to liq­ui­date the bank in the North Gaut­eng High Court in Pre­to­ria on Tues­day. The group’s spokesper­son Mu­vhu­lawa Man­davhi said they had se­cured a le­gal firm to op­pose the ap­pli­ca­tion on tech­ni­cal­i­ties.

Vhembe district mu­nic­i­pal­ity mayor Flo­rence Radzi­lani.

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