Another Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) MP has accused party leader Julius Malema of abusing the organisation’s funds, questioning how the R427,000 collected from EFF MPs and MPLs in monthly levies has been spent.
In a three-page resignation letter titled “Dear Julius and your surrogates”, former EFF MP Zolile Xalisa claims Malema has been abusing the levies, the party’s parliamentary allowances, using the money to throw jamborees for senior members after party meetings to “appease your guilt”.
He said they were not allowed access to these statements, and that would make it hard for him to prove his allegations against the party.
“The problem is when one is talking about allegations because I have indicated in my statement that there is no transparency in the EFF,” he said.
“As a member of the national executive committee, we haven’t received financial reports in all our meetings since 2014. When we had these meetings, we were supposed to get the reports. It is difficult to submit evidence. We don’t get these statements to tell us how the funds are accounted for.”
EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has since dismissed Xalisa’s allegations.
“It’s all lies,” said Ndlozi.
“Xalisa is in (a similar) position as Rawula; he thought the leadership would push his name up in the Parliamentary list to be in the top 25. When his expectations were not met, he became disgruntled and now lies about the EFF.
“The question on financial statements is an easy one. Those are public information and Parliament would not give the EFF money without audited financial statements.”
Rawula took to Facebook, claiming that Malema and Shivambu were in control of the EFF’s finances. He also claimed that they even admitted to profiting from the VBS scandal. Rawula demanded that the EFF disclose all audited bank statements for the past four years.
“The EFF must produce past 4 years at least bank audited statements from all their banks: a) ABSA, b) FNB x2 Accounts, c) Standard bank,” he said.
“The EFF must disclose all the organizational bank and credit cards audited statements of the past 4 years. With all the invoices and slips corresponding to their use.