Malema continues attack on Gordhan, white monopoly capital

2018-11-25 18:26
EFF leader Julius Malema addresses party supporters outside the venue of the commission of inquiry into state capture on November 20, 2018 in Johannesburg (Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

EFF leader Julius Malema addresses party supporters outside the venue of the commission of inquiry into state capture on November 20, 2018 in Johannesburg (Gallo Images / Sowetan / Thulani Mbele)

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EFF leader Julius Malema on Sunday continued his attack on Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, saying he was guilty of double standards when it came to public scrutiny of his daughter.

"When it's an Indian daughter, it's fine: case closed. No need for a bank statement," Malema told those gathered at the Economic Freedom Fighters' Manifesto Consultation Assembly in Pretoria.

Yet, he said when black African politicians had family members allegedly involved in work for the government, a different standard was applied.

"If Pravin says 'don't involve my daughter', [this is respected]… If I say don't involve my cousin or mother, [he is told]: 'No, you can't say that, you are a public representative."

He said that the same had applied when it came to allegations of impropriety about former president Jacob Zuma's sons Duduzane and Edward, as well as former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene's son, Siyabonga – "but when it is Indians and whites - they say: 'don't involve our children'".

Yet, suggested Malema: "Corruption is corruption".

Last week, Malema launched a scathing attack on Gordhan outside the venue where the minister was testifying before the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.

READ: Crooks, dogs, Stratcom and casualties of war - 11 quotes from Malema outside the state capture commission

At the time, he called Gordhan "corrupt", "a dog of white monopoly capital" and claimed Gordhan hated black people.

He also made claims over contracts involving Gordhan's daughter, Anisha, saying they were allegedly awarded by National Treasury and other government departments, seemingly as a result of her father's position in government.

Gordhan has strongly denied that his daughter did business with the State.

"My daughter has not done any business with the state," Gordhan testified before the judicial commission of inquiry into the allegations of state capture on Wednesday.

"Play the ball not the man, come to me if there are political objectives, don't choose vulnerable targets," he said.

Gordhan told the commission that allegations that his daughter used her relationship with him to get tenders were a "blatant lie, dangerous and unfounded".

He also strongly condemned attacks on family members of witnesses appearing at the commission.

"This information about my daughter is for the public to understand that she has not engaged in malfeasance of any kind," he said.

Following Malema's claims, News24 obtained six of the 11 answers by ministers to parliamentary questions the EFF filed, seeking information from all government departments on contracts awarded to companies of which Anisha was at some point a director.

Based on the answers as well as doing a basic search of company records, News24 has established that the EFF's claims about Gordhan junior benefitting from these contracts are bogus.

ALSO READ: Here is the EFF's 'evidence' on Gordhan's daughter - and why their claims are bogus

On Sunday, Malema also raised his anger at "white monopoly capital" - saying insourcing was an example of that.

He did not have warm words for President Cyril Ramaphosa either, saying neither former president Thabo Mbeki, nor Zuma had finished their terms - insinuating Ramaphosa must take cognisance of the vulnerability of his position.

On Friday, speaking at another public participation meeting in Polokwane, Limpopo, Malema claimed that some government ministers had housing bonds with the now collapsed VBS Mutual Bank and were tipped to switch them to mainstream institutions before the start of the investigation by advocate Terry Motau.

"They (the ministers) were told to move their bonds to mainstream banks," he said. 

READ: 'No one is going to intimidate us' - EFF hits back at clergy and Ahmed Kathrada Foundation

Malema also claimed that some VBS executives told investigators that they had given money to the SA Communist Party but were surprised the information did not reflect in the final report.

He further added that he was in possession of a transcript in which some people, including bank executives, were repeatedly asked by investigators if the EFF had received money from the bank.

Malema said "some people" people were trying to silence the EFF over the VBS scandal.

This come after an investigation by Daily Maverick revealed that Malema, deputy president Floyd Shivambu and the party itself benefited from the wide-scale looting of VBS.

The investigation has revealed details of how money allegedly flowed from VBS to a company run by Shivambu's brother, Brian, called Sgameka Trading and from there to another company called Mahuna Investments, owned by Malema's cousin, Matsobane Phaleng.

Sgameka received R16m of money allegedly stolen from VBS. This was revealed in Motau's report.

Those present at the EFF's meeting on Friday told the party of the constant conflicts between communities and mining companies in the region.

The conflicts were over land, environmental degradation, unfulfilled promises by companies and lack of job opportunities, among others.

Malema, however, rallied the members to fight against companies and authorities, describing businessman Patrice Motsepe – who also owns platinum mine in the Sekhukhune area, Limpopo - as "an agent of white monopoly capital".

He threatened that the land owned by mining companies would be taken away.

"We must never be afraid of dying. They can't kill all of us. There may be those who will remain and go on with the fight," he said.

He attacked white people and blamed them for the land challenges in the country.

"We are here because of white people who looted the land. The looting of VBS is nothing compared to the looting of the land," he said.

Read more on:    eff  |  patrice motsepe  |  julius malema  |  pravin gordhan

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