ANC National Chairperson Gwede Mantashe has reiterated that the party is not immediately reinstating Limpopo leaders who were implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank scandal.
On Wednesday, ANC Secretary-General Ace Magashule told a media briefing that the two Limpopo leaders, Deputy Provincial Chairperson Florence Radzilani and Provincial Treasurer Danny Msiza, will be reinstated
“The NEC therefore decided that the two comrades be reinstated to their positions. Their reinstatement will be preceded by engagements with structures and stakeholders which will be led by National Officials,” Magashule said.
‘Communicating his views’
After Magashule’s briefing, a perception emerged that Radzilani and Msiza will be reinstated immediately. However, Mantashe disputed this in an interview with SABC News reporter Samkele Maseko on Thursday.
He said, “If the Secretary-General said immediately, [then] he was communicating his views. We are going to Limpopo. We are talking to the PEC [Provincial Executive Committee], we are going to the regions, we are going to go out in Limpopo [and] then bring them back.”
Radzilani and Msiza were cited in a report by Advocate Terry Motau, dubbed The Great Bank Heist, which investigated alleged looting at VBS.
The report claimed Radzilani allegedly received R300,000 from the bank’s directors after Vhembe municipality deposited money there when she was the mayor.
Msiza was alleged to have used his influence to convince Limpopo mayors and municipal officials to “invest” hundreds of millions of rand in VBS. Both denied the allegations and had “stepped aside” from their positions for almost two years.
SACP distances itself
On Thursday, the SA Communist Party (SACP) in Limpopo distanced itself from any process to reinstate the two leaders before they clear their names.
It said in a statement, “As a working-class party, the SACP will not associate itself with any decision taken by any formation or organ of state for those implicated in the looting of the VBS Mutual Bank to be reinstated without due process clearing their names.”
The SACP added that people lost their funds at VBS while others, including the elderly and sick, lost their lives “as a result of depression following the looting of their funds.”
“The SACP lost its leaders who were killed for leading our campaign for those who were involved in the VBS “great bank heist” to be held to account.
“There is nothing that will stop us in our determination to deepen the campaign for justice for our people who were affected by the looting of the VBS and to confront corruption, generally. The SACP will sustain this campaign also in memory of our martyred comrades,” it said.