‘Mazzotti boys steal, eat money of poor:’ Mngxitama on Malema VBS claims

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Black First Land First (BLF) leader Andile Mngxitama has accused Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) of “stealing and eating” poor people’s money.

In an article on his Black Opinion blog on Sunday, Mngxitama reacted to a Sunday Times claim that VBS Mutual Bank “loot” helped EFF leader Julius Malema buy a R5 million house in Sandown, Johannesburg.

He referred to the EFF as “Mazzotti boys.” The party admitted that controversial businessman Adriano Mazzotti paid its registration fees for the 2014 elections.

‘Dinners with Johann Rupert’

Mngxitama wrote, “These chaps steal from the poor and eat their money. The story is on the front page of today’s Sunday Times.

“Their problem is that they leave a paper trail. They really thought that they were protected from StratCom when they joined hands against President Zuma.”

Mngxitama also claimed that although EFF leaders had dinners with billionaire Johann Rupert in the past, Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan “is revealing their files to the media.”

He further alleged that EFF will not push for land expropriation without compensation or challenge President Cyril Ramaphosa in Parliament because “white monopoly capital [will] keep on threatening jail.”

VBS cash ‘ends up in Malema trusts’

Over the weekend, Sunday Times published a report claiming that part of the money allegedly stolen from the collapsed VBS Mutual Bank ended up in Malema’s Munzhedzi Family Trust.

Money from this trust then helped buy Malema the Sandown home, the publication claimed. The EFF leader denied ever receiving VBS funds.

Writing on his blog, Mngxitama challenged Malema to sue the publication or take it to the Press Ombudsman if it was “lying.”

He said the third option was to confess, “Come out and confess, and also ask for forgiveness for collapsing VBS for cars and houses. VBS was the only black bank we ever had.”

Both EFF and Mngxitama seemingly believe that Gordhan is behind the allegations. In a Twitter post before Sunday Times published the report, EFF alerted its followers.

The party wrote, “ALERT: Fellow fighters, South Africans and progressive internationalists, each time the EFF leadership has criticised Pravin Jamnandas Gordhan like this, they are followed by invasive embedded journalist articles in major publications. So, be warned and not fall to enemy traps!”

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