South Africa: Malema - VBS Allegations a Plot to Defend Pravin Gordhan

Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema (file photo).

EFF leader Julius Malema has dismissed an investigation revealing the party benefited from R4.13-million looted from VBS Mutual Bank. Malema claimed he's not worried about 'lizard' journalists while the 'crocodile' Pravin Gordhan is in the party's sights.

EFF President Julius Malema on Tuesday claimed there was a "witch-hunt" against the EFF after Daily Maverick's Scorpio published an investigation tracing how R4.13-million looted from VBS Mutual Bank was used to benefit the party.

Malema claimed the story was "recycled" and was released to defend Pravin Gordhan, who critics say should not be appointed in President Cyril Ramaphosa's Cabinet after Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane found he acted unlawfully.

Speaking to Xoli Mngambi on eNCA, Malema claimed Scorpio's award-winning investigative journalist Pauli Van Wyk was targeting the EFF to protect Gordhan from the party's criticism of the powerful former minister of finance, public enterprises and cooperative governance.

"I'm not going to entertain this thing that every time Pravin is in hot water and the EFF takes a stand Pauli goes to a dustbin to dig the old (story). I don't have time for that. She must go and be buried in that dustbin where she digs the old recycled story of VBS. There's...

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