Did the EFF get cash in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal?

The offices of Vele Investments, majority shareholder of VBS Bank on Grayston Drive, Sandton.
Vele Investments The offices of Vele Investments, majority shareholder of VBS Bank on Grayston Drive, Sandton.
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Did the EFF benefit directly from the VBS Mutual Bank scandal?

The red berets have not responded to questions on whether the party or deputy president Floyd Shivambu had benefited from the bank heist‚ BusinessLIVE reported on Thursday.

But a report by the Daily Maverick  suggested on Thursday that the party had allegedly received R1.3m.

The report‚ citing three unnamed sources‚ alleged that Floyd Shivambu’s younger brother Brian had funnelled R10m through a company called Sgameka Projects into Floyd’s personal bank account.

Evidence of the payments was contained in bank statements being kept under “lockdown”. The report said that these statements were not included in a damning report into VBS‚ commissioned by the Reserve Bank and released on Wednesday‚ because the investigators’ mandate related specifically to VBS. No further details about the alleged money trail were revealed.

Floyd Shivambu‚ EFF leader Julius Malema and the party were not directly implicated in the report commissioned by the Reserve Bank.

The EFF said in a statement late on Wednesday – which did not mention Shivambu – that assets obtained through the looting of VBS Mutual Bank should be seized and those implicated should be brought to court.

"The EFF reiterates its position that all who are responsible and illegally benefited from the fraud must be criminally prosecuted immediately. As we have previously indicated‚ we also reiterate that they must be blacklisted.

Above all‚ the law enforcement agency must do all they can to ensure that all the money that can be recovered must be paid back in full‚ including attaching properties of the individuals who benefited from the defrauding of VBS‚" said party spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi.

Shivambu retweeted the statement late on Wednesday.

The VBS report found that Brian Shivambu had received more than R16m in “gratuitous payments” from the bank.

EFF national chairperson Dali Mpofu appeared to come to the defence of Floyd Shivambu when he posted on Twitter: “In the ignorant Republic of The Mob you can be charged for the deeds of your relatives.” He was responding to a question about whether Shivambu could be charged for his brother’s alleged crimes.

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