The leader of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Julius Malema has offered to put all his cards on the table, at the State Capture Inquiry, insisting that unlike other witnesses, his hands are squeaky clean.
Malema addressed a media briefing on Monday, October 26, 2020, at the party’s headquarters in Braamfontein, Johannesburg.
“I will go on my own to the Zondo Commission and Zondo can ask me anything about my statements and that of my grandmother. Anything you want from me… Hawks can ask me, the NPA can ask me. I have nothing to hide,” Malema said.
The fiery leader’s comments follow a report by the Sunday Times, which claimed that the commission, chaired by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, would be placing focus on several key members of the EFF and some of their family members.
The commission has allegedly issued subpoenas to South Africa’s major banks for access to financial records.
Responding to the report, Malema said Zondo should have instead approached him directly, to request the financial records.
“We are not threatened by the Commission, or the NPA. We have nothing to hide,”
EFF leader Julius Malema
Malema: Zondo ‘wants to create doubt and leave us in a dark cloud’
He has also cast doubt on the true intentions of the commission and its work, likely mirroring Shivambu’s sentiments that the proceedings are all a big farce particularly aimed at fighting political battles.
“They are not looking for statements, they want to create doubt and leave us with a dark cloud. I spoke to the secretary of the commission and said ‘you are either going to clarify this or you’re going to call us to the commission’,” he further said.
According to the publication, the commission has broadened its scope to include Malema, his wife, grandmother and even company. The party’s deputy president Floyd Shivambu would also be targeted, as per the report, together with his brother Brian, who is implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal, where approximately R2 billion from the now collapsed bank was looted.
The proceedings are looking into allegations of corruption, fraud and money laundering within the public sector. Most of the testimony heard so far has linked Zuma and his friends the Guptas to the alleged looting of state resources.