The Economic Freedom Fighters leader has credited the EFF’s association with corrupt deals to his political detractors.
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema said on Thursday he would resign from public office if any municipality could prove he influenced them to invest money in the now defunct VBS bank.
Malema was engaging with five journalists in what he styled a “public interrogation”.
The political reporters asked him about everything from On-Point Engineering – the company that allegedly did botched tender jobs in Limpopo – to whether he was involved in the demise of VBS.
Malema is a shareholder in on-point engineering.
Malema credited the EFF’s association with corrupt deals to his political detractors, saying even if his deputy’s younger brother Brian Shivambu was not “implicated” – they would have found something else to taint the EFF with.
He says those who robbed the poor should be arrested – distancing himself from benefiting from the bank as suggested in media reports.
Malema says the EFF has gone through its books to interrogate if it received any donations from VBS and found there was no such evidence.
Although he admitted this process was not undertaken by external auditors – he says the EFF’s finances are already being monitored by Parliament and the independent electoral commission – in line with legislation as it’s the third biggest political party.
By: Theto Mahlakoana