The EFF has released a statement calling on Minister Tito Mboweni to disclose the consolidated financial statements to Parliament for verification.
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) took to Twitter on Friday, 22 January 2021, to circulate a statement calling on Minister of Finance, Tito Mboweni to submit consolidated financial statements to Parliament. The EFF is looking to verify the claims by National Treasury that the country cannot afford to pay to acquire the COVID-19 vaccine due to a lack of state funds.
Julius Malema’s political party claimed that Minister Mboweni was late in providing the consolidated financial statements, without providing a reason that is understandable to the EFF. The statement further suggested that this was not the only lackadaisical incident from Mboweni, alluding to this supposedly being his approach since assuming office.
According to the statement, “The EFF is troubled by the growing trend of secrecy in the National Treasury and Finance Ministry. The failure to submit statutory documentations to Parliament for the benefit of all is a sign that National Treasury cannot be trusted. Parliament has not been briefed by the Minister of Finance or National Treasury on the financing of procurement of vaccine rollout, but National Treasury went on [a] choreographed media stunt to spread innuendos instead of telling the nation if there is money to buy the vaccine and where the money is coming from.”
In conclusion, the party called for the immediate submission of the consolidated financial statements, including those from the National Revenue Fund. Lastly, the party cautioned National Treasury against using the Auditor-General’s office as a “scapegoat.”
See the post below.
EFF Statement On The Minister Of Finance Failure To Submit Consolidated Financial Statements To Parliament pic.twitter.com/K3AQcfsxfT
— Economic Freedom Fighters (@EFFSouthAfrica) January 22, 2021