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...

See What Everyone is Watching

More From: Daily Maverick

Don't Miss

AllAfrica publishes around 700 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.