ANC must stop reinstating tainted individuals, says Limpopo group

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VBS clients who are mostly the elderly keep vigil at the bank waiting to withdraw whatever is possible. Picture: Armando Chikhudo
VBS clients who are mostly the elderly keep vigil at the bank waiting to withdraw whatever is possible. Picture: Armando Chikhudo

Limpopo’s Vhembe Fraternal Organisation – a formation of various ANC and community-based structures – has urged the governing party to intensify its campaign to have leaders implicated in corruption step aside and be removed from office.

They want the ANC to begin a process of reversing all decisions to reinstate individuals whose public images have been severely dented by scandals of corruption.

The organisation, which consists of trade union federation Cosatu and the SA Municipal Workers’ Union members, among others, voiced their demands in a meeting held with the ANC’s senior officials over the weekend.

“There is a widespread and general belief that the ANC is a corrupt organisation with no moral and ethical integrity in society. Amongst our constituencies, there is a growing irritation that the ANC is promoting an unacceptable value system wherein looting, theft and corruption are the order of the day,” convener of the grouping, Chief Livhuwani Matsila, said.

The ANC has been adamant about getting rid of the rot within the party and last week took it a step further by urging each province to name any representatives who have been involved in any form of malfeasance.

“Our communities are still very offended by the ANC’s concerted efforts to reinstate the officials implicated in VBS scandal.”
Chief Livhuwani Matsila

This comes as a number of its members have been allegedly been implicated in Covid-19-related personal protective equipment tender corruption.

The Vhembe organisation believes that the governing party could redeem itself by asking those who were allegedly implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank looting to step aside until they are able to fully prove their innocence.

The grouping was referring to the reinstatement of Limpopo provincial treasurer Danny Msiza and deputy chair Florence Radzilani.

“Our communities are still very offended by the ANC’s concerted efforts to reinstate the officials implicated in VBS scandal,” the chief said.

Read: ANC reinstatement of ‘VBS two’ divides Limpopo

Msiza has, however, been working on clearing his name.

In a recent court battle instituted by Msiza, the judgement was that aspects of the Great Bank Heist report by Advocate Terry Motau were procedurally incorrect.

The chief believes it is important for the people of Limpopo to have a bank which will assist their society.

However, the SA Reserve Bank has since expressed its intention to appeal the judgement.

Meanwhile, the chief’s trust has taken the lead regarding ongoing discussions with the Reserve Bank in the hopes of obtaining a banking license.

VBS Mutual Bank’s license was suspended, VBS in its old form cannot be revived and the banking license cannot be bought.

The chief believes it is important for the people of Limpopo to have a bank which will assist their society.

The Reserve Bank’s Prudential Authority said it would be willing to continue engagements with community members.


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