The EFF has accused the South African Communist Party of scapegoating in an attempt to draw attention away from the VBS allegations against the party.
The Economic Freedom Fighters issued a press statement on Monday, 12 November 2018, stating that they were unimpressed by the SACP’s attempt to draw attention away from the VBS allegations against them by pointing a finger to the EFF.
The SACP was recently implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, where allegations have surfaced that the party was the beneficiary of R3 million, originating from MML Food Service; Vele’s subsidiary.
In an interview with eNCA, the SACP’s longtime general secretary, Blade Nzimande, said that the EFF spread these claims: “The EFF is telling lies. If they have proof, they must bring it. It is very clear what they are trying to do,” said Nzimande.
“They are trying to divert the attention from the fact that they are the ones who are seriously implicated. They must face the truth,” the general secretary concluded.
The Freedom Fighters have responded to this stating that, “This is a blatant lie. These claims come from a City Press report, that relied on VBS bank executives and managers who indicate that they were instructed to fund the SACP,” the red berets said.
“We reject the attempt to divert attention from the SACP to the EFF in failure to be accountable. In addition, we condemn the media’s uncritical usage of this version by Nzimande, instead of putting facts to him, which are now a matter of public record,” the party concluded.