Malema's cousin implicated in VBS scandal

The latest development in the VBS scandal appears to link payments of more than R5 million from Floyd Shivambu's brother, Brian, to a cousin of EFF leader, Julius Malema.

The Mail and Guardian says three independent sources have confirmed the payments were made to Matsobane Phaleng between June 2017 and February 2018.

Sabelo Sikiti, Mail & Guardian Senior Journalist says Malema is distancing himself from this latest development, having told the newspaper, "Yes he’s my cousin, but we are not close...I am not involved in this thing of Matsobane, he must answer for himself.”

The EFF has been adamant that they know nothing as an organisation and as individual leaders that they know nothing about the VBS fund.

Sabelo Sikiti, Mail & Guardian Senior Journalist

Malema previously suggested that those with evidence linking members of the EFF to any wrongdoing in the scandal should come forward.

At this stage we are unable to have any direct links to leadership, but I think these very funny financial arrangements, which could not be explained by Mr Brian Shivambu, nor by Mr Matsobane Phaleng, ought to lead to more serious questions.

Sabelo Sikiti, Mail & Guardian Senior Journalist

Nothing bars these gentlemen from coming to us and explaining what these payments are for.

Sabelo Sikiti, Mail & Guardian Senior Journalist

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