The DA has announced that they have laid criminal charges against the leaders of the Economic Freedom Fighters, as well as the party itself.
On Thursday, 22 November 2018, the Democratic Alliance released a press statement claiming that that Kevin Mileham (DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs)and (DA National Spokesperson) Solly Malatsi laid charges against “Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and the party itself” at the Cape Town Central SAPS (South African Police Revenue Service) police station.
These charges are based on allegations that the party received money from the VBS Mutual Bank, specifically R1.8 million, which was purportedly sent through companies of certain family members of both Shivambu and Malema.
The Democratic Alliance stated: “Evidence of the EFF’s involvement in the looting is now mounting by the day. It is clear that the party, which claims to be on the side of people oppressed by poverty, has been deeply involved in stealing from the very people they claim to represent.”
“Not only did the EFF, as a party, allegedly receive funds from VBS, but their members, and immediate family, appear to have benefited from this looting too. Brian Shivambu, brother of the EFF’s Floyd Shivambu, is said to have received R16 million from the bank ‘without an apparent cause’ and it was further alleged in media reports that evidence existed of Floyd receiving R10 million of that money.”
The DA also accused the red berets of being a replica of the ANC (African National Congress) stating that the victims of the looting will most likely never have access to what was intended to be their money and that, furthermore, this VBS scandal has put very poor municipalities at risk.
“The DA will continue to fight to ensure that the EFF and ANC’s ‘Coalition of Corruption’ are held accountable for their involvement in the looting of VBS Bank,” the party concluded.