EFF opens fraud case against suspended CFO

2015-04-08 18:35
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Johannesburg - The EFF has opened a case of fraud against suspended Gauteng legislature member Wiekus Kotze, following allegations he made of impropriety by the party's leaders.

Kotze was suspended from the EFF in November for alleged financial impropriety. Before joining the EFF he was a member of Agang SA where he was also suspended.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi on Wednesday said Kotze was formally charged by the party's caucus in Gauteng for illegally transferring money from the party into his personal bank account on the pretext that he was paying for T-shirts.

He said Kotze admitted to the fraud when he was confronted and offered to resign from the party and asked that the EFF not report it to the police.

"We are still awaiting the money which Mr Kotze has made a commitment to pay back to the organisation and have since opened a police case against him in Johannesburg Central," Ndlozi said.

The EFF has brushed off the allegations of impropriety made by Kotze saying there was no proof.

"The EFF has since its first national people’s assembly been publicly responding to detractors who allege organisational, political and financial impropriety in the organisation, and in all instances the responses we provide prevail over the lies these detractors spread," Ndlozi said.

"Tuesday, April 7 2015 press conference is not different from the many press conferences held by different disgruntled groupings making allegations of impropriety without any proof."

On Tuesday, Kotze, accompanied by sushi-king and former party member Kenny Kunene, claimed the party's leadership abused its power, and intimidated and threatened those who questioned it.

Kotze, who was the EFF's chief executive officer for Gauteng and a member of the provincial legislature, said after joining the party, he had access to all the EFF's accounts nationally and provincially.

He said in the two months that he was at head office, he realised there was no proper financial system in place, nor was good practice being followed.

Kotze said he had opened a case of financial mismanagement against Malema and other leaders of the party, and stated that he knew EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu had opened offshore bank accounts.

He also alleged that Malema does not pay tax, with the EFF doing so on his behalf, and by extension, the public.

Ndlozi said the EFF was unaware of any case opened against it, but would co-operate with any legal authorities.

"We are an organisation that has functional financial accountability systems and will never account to detractors who are hell-bent on defaming the EFF.

"As a matter of record, the EFF is not engaged in any criminal activity and does not have any off-shore account as alleged by these detractors," he said.

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