I'm not scared to punish Floyd if he's stolen money - Malema

EFF president Julius Malema [right] and his deputy Floyd Shivambu [right] at a media briefing at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
EFF president Julius Malema [right] and his deputy Floyd Shivambu [right] at a media briefing at the party's headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
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If there is proof that Floyd Shivambu has stolen VBS Mutual Bank money, he will be punished.

This was a promise made by the EFF leader Julius Malema on the allegations that Shivambu received, in his personal account, R10m from the looted VBS funds.

Malema said that based on their initial investigation, the EFF has no basis to take action on Shivambu, whom he made it clear he was not “scared of”.

“… give me something [proof]. I’m not scared of Floyd. I’ve never been scared of anyone. I’m not scared of Floyd. If Floyd has stolen money, he will be punished accordingly,” said Malema.

He said that Shivambu produced his financial statements to the EFF leadership and “we cannot locate any money from the VBS” or Sgameka Projects.

Shivambu was reported to have received R10m from his brother Brian, whom a Reserve Bank forensic report revealed had “gratuitously” benefited over R16m from the looting that took place at the VBS Mutual Bank.

The 143-page report, drafted by advocate Terry Motau, revealed Shivambu’s brother Brian is among 53 people who benefited from the looting, to the tune of R1.8bn, that took place at the bank in three years.

A media report claimed that Shivambu, through a company Sgameka Projects, received R10m into his personal account. The money was reportedly directly linked to the 16m that his brother received from VBS.

The leadership of the Economic Freedom Fighters held a media briefing on Tuesday, October 16 2018, at the party’s Johannesburg headquarters, to put to bed the rumours surrounding the alleged involvement of its deputy president, Floyd Shivambu, and his brother Brian in the VBS scandal.

“He brought his financial statement and we looked at the financial statement, we went through the financial statement, we cannot locate any money from the VBS. We cannot locate any money from Sgameka and all those types of things,” said Malema in a media briefing on Tuesday.

Malema said the transactions between the Shivambu family did not raise any alarm as they dated as far back as 2014 when Sgameka only started doing business in 2017.

“The deputy president statement demonstrates such types of transactions amongst them as family as far back as 2014 because we have asked for statements as EFF officials from 2014. So that’s how they’ve been relating and we are satisfied,” said Malema.

“There are exchanges of monies from him to Brian, from Brian to him and not only from Brian to him, to his brother Lucky, to his parents. That’s how siblings exchange, apparently, things. I wouldn’t, I’ve got no siblings, I’ve got no parents to exchange money with. I can’t transfer to my grandmother, so I give her cash because she doesn’t have the facilities. Even if she had she doesn’t know how to read and write.”

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