Malema hops on Bosasa bandwagon to hoist EFF virtue flag
He claims his party has not been implicated in recent corruption scandals – despite evidence to the contrary
EFF leader Julius Malema has taken advantage of the skeletons tumbling out of the Bosasa closet by labelling the ANC under President Cyril Ramaphosa as corrupt, and claiming his party did not receive “dirty money”.
Malema said on Wednesday that leaders of the EFF had not been implicated in any recent corruption scandal – a claim that may not necessarily be true.
He counted the Gupta scandal, the looting of VBS Mutual Bank, and the Bosasa bribe allegations among the scandals where not a single EFF leader had been implicated.
However, EFF deputy Floyd Shivambu’s brother Brian was mentioned in the South African Reserve Bank report as one of the individuals who received millions from VBS Mutual Bank. In addition, the EFF has confirmed having received money from well-known tobacco smuggler Adriano Mazzotti.
But with the elections around the corner, Malema sought to position the EFF as a clean party.
“In all of the major corruption scandals that have rocked the country recently, from the Guptas, VBS Mutual Bank and Bosasa, only the EFF stands out as incorruptible.
“None of our office bearers or officials of the EFF have been named in the VBS report. If you give me the page number and evidence that shows that one of the officials is implicated, they will be fired with immediate effect,” Malema said.
Weekend reports revealed that former Bosasa chief operations officer Angelo Agrizzi will tell the Zondo state capture probe that the company paid former president Jacob Zuma and top prosecutors to avoid prosecution. He has also confirmed allegations that Bosasa bought meat, and alcohol for environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane.
‘No new dawn’
Malema said South Africans had no business sending ANC leaders back into government in their “Thuma Mina project” because it was clear that they would be sending them to continue corruption without any solutions to the problems of unemployment, poverty and inequality.
“The people of South Africa must realise that no one, not even Ramaphosa, in the ANC is above the corruption that has characterised the past 25 years of ANC rule.
“Even with him at the helm of the ANC, there is no new dawn, the ANC remains the African National Corruption it always was under Zuma. The true ANC manifesto is what Agrizzi is presenting in the state of capture commission,” he continued.
Malema said the EFF’s own employees to parliament and provincial legislatures will be scrutinised.
“The national list committee will, among other things, take into consideration aspects like gender balance, continuity, youth representation, geographic spread, and will also do vetting to check criminal records, credit records, the political and organisational conduct of each candidate. It will also look at social conduct of each candidate,” he added.
Malema assured supporters that there was no truth to the rumours of in-fighting at his party. Malema’s recent tweets about betrayal sparked speculation that he may have had a fallout with some of his lieutenants. But yesterday he said there were no leadership squabbles.
“If there were divisions, you would have seen it at our conference last weekend. But we conducted a peaceful conference. We are now preparing for a dinner and the manifesto rally. If there is divisions none of these events will be successful,” he said.
The party will launch its election manifesto in Pretoria on February 2. Malema said it would not be full of promises, but commitments.
“We conducted consultative meetings to have the voice of our people heard. When they read the manifesto they will feel as though they wrote the document,” Malema said. The EFF has alleged that the DA’s removal of Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga was meant to cover up a much deeper problem in “the white-dominated DA caucus” in the city.
Malema said the party had not decided how to approach the Tshwane matter after Msimanga abruptly resigned last week.
The EFF had lost confidence in the Tshwane DA caucus, but would not support the ANC. “We similarly cannot bring back the ANC through a back door when the people in Tshwane rejected them in the municipal elections of 2016.”
Malema said it was “common cause” that the ANC was the most corrupt in the country, and the EFF would not help them back into power because the ANC had looted the public purse with impunity.
He also welcomed the new Political Funding Bill, which has been signed into law. “We have no problems. Even the EFF founding manifesto supports that all political parties declare their funders. Our issue was with the clause that states ‘no member of a political party shall receive a donation’,” he said.
Despite lashing out at Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa for “shutting down the internet, and refusing his people right to protest”, saying it was barbaric and backward, Malema said the EFF supported the people of Zimbabwe and demanded that sanctions against the country be lifted and urgent intervention directed at the civil outcry in the country.
“[Southern African Development Community] countries must give a conditional grant dedicated to developmental programmes. A weaker Zimbabwe leads to a weaker SADC. We will not support the tyranny and the brutalisation of our people. We want the sanctions gone,” he said.
He called on SADC countries to provide this grant.