EFF National Chairperson Dali Mpofu has taken to Twitter to express his view that South Africans and the media don’t acknowledge the party’s role in fighting corruption and state capture.
According to Mpofu, whose views were retweeted by party leader Julius Malema, “one day South Africans will thank the EFF for its relentless fight against corruption and state capture in the past five years”.
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“Without us there would be no Zondo commission,” the tweet continues, and “the Zuptas and the Bosasa brigade would still be in charge”.
Mpofu was responding to a tweet from Business Day, who were sharing a story on calls for Malusi Gigaba’s role in what the Home Affairs Committee has described as the Guptas’ “fraudulent” bid for naturalisation while he was minister of home affairs to undergo scrutiny at the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture.
“I bet the media won’t remind you who exposed this,” said Mpofu in response.
One Day South Africans Will Thank The EFF For Its Relentless Fight Against Corruption & State Capture In The Past 5 Years!
Without Us There Would Be No Zondo Commission,The Zuptas & The BOSASA Brigade Would Still Be In Charge
I BetThe Media Won't Remind You WHO Exposed This!!???????? https://t.co/Tr56JyeYLo
— Dali Mpofu (@AdvDali_Mpofu) March 19, 2019
The tweet received a mixed response. Several users pointed out that the EFF has itself been linked to corruption in the VBS Bank scandal, with one user simply responding to the tweet with “VBS”.
Some also brought up the On Point Engineering scandal – which resulted in a case that was struck off the role in 2015 – and the fact that the party has been funded by alleged tobacco smuggler Adriano Mazzotti, who also stands accused of tax evasion and fraud.
“Because EFF comes from the ANC, you were once part of that corruption scheme hence you know everything,” another user replied, while another accused Mpofu of “claiming everything”.
Because EFF comes from the ANC, you were once part of that corruption scheme hence you know everything
— Maano Makhoshi (@Makhoshi) March 19, 2019
They're claiming everything.
— Sipho Radebe (@sradebe) March 19, 2019
— Martin Malobola (@MalobolaMartin) March 19, 2019
— Ben Pooler (@benpooler) March 19, 2019