Assault on democracy as Parliamentary bouncers remove journalists from meeting

The DA has written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, objecting to the draconian measures deployed by Parliament yesterday to close a meeting of the Portfolio Committee on Water and Sanitation.

Journalists gathering to hear a briefing into the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) investigation into the multi-billion rand corruption in the Department were escorted out of the venue by as many as ten Parliamentary bouncers, or “chamber support officers”.

The meeting was closed after the SIU, the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) invoked the sub judice rule, arguing that the details of their briefing would compromise the successful prosecution of those involved in the massive graft.

The DA protested the decision to close the meeting and still contend that it amounts to media censorship and an assault on democracy. Indeed, the committee was presented with nothing new and nothing that justified the decision to close the meeting.

The enormous corruption at the Department of Water and Sanitation during the tenure of then-Minister Nomvula Mokonyane cannot be hidden from public view and certainly not from the People’s Parliament.

The Legislature has an important role to play in exercising oversight over the Executive. This cannot be done behind closed doors guarded by burly security guards.

#VBSHeist: Ethics Committee confirms investigation of Shivambu

Please find attached a soundbite by the DA Team One South Africa Spokesperson on Corruption, Phumzile Van Damme MP.

The DA, yesterday, received confirmation that Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interest will be investigating Floyd Shivambu’s possible conflict of interest regarding payments received from his brother, Brian Shivambu.

On Tuesday, the leader of the EFF confirmed that as brothers, there were numerous transactions between Floyd and Brian Shivambu.

In the South African Reserve Bank’s VBS Mutual Bank Heist report Brian is said to have received R16 million from the bank “without an apparent cause” and it was further alleged in media reports that evidence existed of Floyd receiving R10 million of that money.

In his letter to the DA, the Acting Registrar of Members’ Interests Adv. X Gordon confirms that “the matter is being attended to and you will be notified of the outcome of the investigation once the Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests has decided on the matter.”

We welcome the speed in which the Ethics Committee responded to our complaint, and trust that the same expeditiousness will be applied to the investigation.

We call on the Ethics Committee to conduct a hearing and it be open to the public given the public interest in the matter, and to as per the Code of Conduct:

  • Call witnesses;
  • Summon any person to appear before it to give evidence on oath or affirmation; and
  • Summon any person to produce any relevant documents.

We look forward to the investigation, and if any wrongdoing found, the harshest sanction be meted out against Shivambu on behalf of the thousands of poor people whose money was stolen in the VBS Heist.

DA welcomes commission of inquiry into the PIC

We welcome the news that President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed a Commission of Inquiry, in terms of Section 84(2)(f) of the Constitution, into allegations of impropriety at the Public Investment Corporation.

However, the terms of reference limit the scope of the inquiry to the period between 01 January 2015 and 31 August 2018, which may have the effect of excluding a number of the questionable investments from scrutiny, including the investment in Independent Media, which was concluded on 16 August 2013, by the Public Investment Corporation.

We think there are few things that will terrify the governing party more than a full-scale independent inquiry into the Public Investment Corporation.

DA Leader Maimane requests urgent Parliamentary debate on VBS heist

The blatant theft of almost R2 billion from VBS bank accounts by rich politicians, politically connected businesspersons, and their associates is crime against the poor, vulnerable and elderly in South Africa. It is a national disgrace, and the DA will not let this become another corruption scandal to be swept under the carpet. The VBS scandal has wreaked havoc on the lives countless poor South Africans who may very well have lost their life savings due to corruption by ANC politicians and their connected cronies.

It is for this reason that I will today write to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, requesting an urgent debate of national importance in Parliament on this matter. Parliament is the democratic institution tasked with holding executive power to account and must be afforded an urgent opportunity to carry out its mandate.

The DA had planned on using the President’s oral question session in Parliament tomorrow in order to pose an urgent question to him about this issue. Now that the session has been postponed due to the President’s ill-health, it is crucial that Parliament exercises its mandate and allows an urgent debate on this. The matter meets the criteria for an urgent, national debate as the implications of this scandal are wide-reaching considering that billions of public money has been stolen.

The DA believes those fingered in Advocate Terry Motau’s report ‘The Great Bank Heist’, must be criminally charged for fraud, money laundering, and corruption, and if found guilty, spend a minimum of 15 years behind bars. The DA has already laid criminal charges against the “VBS 50” – as recommended by Advocate Motau’s South African Reserve Bank (SARB) report.

While the report implicates a laundry list of ANC public office bearers and elected officials, the role of President Cyril Ramaphosa in the scandal needs Parliament’s urgent consideration. If it is true that the President had prior knowledge of the corruption and looting at VBS – and failed to act – he may be criminally liable in terms of section 34(1) of Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (PACCA).

I therefore implore Speaker Mbete to grant this request and allow Parliament to get to the bottom of what really happened at the VBS bank. Those South Africans dispossessed by this crime deserve nothing less.

The VBS heist is yet another example of institutionalised corruption, cronyism and nepotism under the ANC – all which steals opportunity from South Africans.  Instead of governing in the interests of all South Africans, the ANC has chosen to create an ecosystem within the party and within government that only serves to makes themselves rich.

Only the DA can fix this broken system that locks South Africans out by creating an open, fair and transparent model of government that sees all politically connected individuals found guilty of corruption spending a minimum of 15 years in jail.

North West ready for real change only the DA can bring

Note to Editors: The following remarks were made today by Democratic Alliance (DA) North West Premier Candidate, Joe McGluwa at the launch of the party’s North West Premier Campaign outside the recently shut down Shiva Uranium Mine in Klerksdorp, North West Province. 

Fellow Democrats and the people of Matlosana,

It is a great privilege to stand here before you today to speak with you as the DA’s Premier Candidate for the North West Province.

I am humbled by my nomination and am grateful for the trust and confidence the DA leadership both in the North West and nationally has shown in me to spearhead our campaign towards 2019.

I commit to all present here today, and to all the people of the North West, that I will do everything in my power, to the fullest of my abilities, to bring real, positive change to our beautiful province, and working to build One South Africa for All.

Today is a very historic moment for me as a child of the North West. Not far from here, net hier om die draai, in Alabama, I was raised and have been living here for more than 50 years. This area brings back to me a flood of childhood memories.

I remember fondly how we as young children used to walkabout on the surrounding farms here and play and swim in the many windmill dams that dot the country side.

But with this nostalgia flooding over me, and a bittersweet joy that comes with it, today, I am also saddened by the despair and desperation the people of this area have to endure 25 years into democracy.

In fact, it is not only this community of Hartebeesfontein and Klerksdorp that face the oppression of unemployment, poor service delivery as a result of failing ANC and corruption, but all communities across the length and breadth of our beautiful province.

The lived experiences of ordinary people in North West, especially people oppressed by poor, is that of struggle and misery. It breaks my heart that 25 years into our democracy, all 25 years under the failing ANC government, the quality of life of our people have become worse. And each day longer the failing ANC stays in government, the more people will suffer.

North West is in serious trouble. Governance has collapsed under the failing ANC. As for the ANC, they are so busy with factional infighting that they cannot govern nor deliver services.

In fact, different government departments and municipalities that fall into different factions are using government resources to fight these internal party battles.

The North West Provincial Government last year incurred irregular expenditure totalling R15,2 billion. Ten provincial departments are under administration, including the Office of Premier Mokgoro.

At a municipal level, R4,29 billion was recorded as irregular expenditure while another R1,19 billion was lost to unauthorised expenditure. Eight municipalities are currently under administration.

The reality is that more than R20 billion was stolen by the failing ANC in North West last year alone. Money that should have gone to delivering services such as ensuring medicine at hospitals, learner transport for our kids to attend school, buying ambulances and fire trucks, the fixing of roads, the building of houses for the poor and fighting lawlessness and crime.

None of this happened. Instead the failing ANC stole your money to live lives of luxury.

The people of North West cannot get jobs. Today, in this province, there are more unemployed people that those with a job. This means that more and more people are desperate to buy food, to access healthcare or to send their children to school and university.

Because of this tragedy of joblessness caused by the failing ANC, we see poverty and inequality in the province skyrocket. With this economic desperation we see crime skyrocket.

Here at the abandoned Shiva Uranium Mine we see gangsters and zama-zama syndicates in open warfare to loot what little is left.
We see in the crime statistics how people are not safe in their own homes, cars and places of work.

We see how farmers, farm workers and rural communities are being butchered in the most brutal way.

All the while the police do nothing because they are under-trained, under-staffed and under-resourced.

It is not just Joe McGluwa who says that the ANC is failing.

It is not just Mmusi Maimane and the DA who make these claims.

We have heard here first hand today how the failing ANC’s morally bankrupt governance has affected people like Tumi Matosela.

As if the failed governance and corruption of the ANC was not enough, we now have to live with the reality of state capture. It is this sort of collusion that has brought us today to this Gupta-owned mine, Shiva Uranium.

The ANC and their Gupta friends promised jobs and prosperity, instead the surrounding communities received retrenchments and poverty.

People are angry. I am angry. This is not how people should be treated.

I pledge to you today that I will travel to every corner of the North West to hear from you, the people, exactly what your problems are and what you expect from a government to improve your lives.

I will document every interaction, and then I will craft a manifesto offer for your consideration.

We need urgent change.

We need real change that improve the lives of people.

We need change that brings investment.

We need change that opens fair access to jobs.

We need change that accelerated the delivery quality basic services.

We need a change that keeps our people safe and restores order, and that requires an honest and professional police service .

We need change that secures our boarders to prevent cross-border crimes like stock theft, drug and human-trafficking.

The time is now for real change that builds One South Africa for All.

In Johannesburg, Tshwane and Midvaal in Gauteng. In Kouga in the Eastern Cape, in the entire Western Cape and in the City of Cape Town, people live the DA difference brought by good governance. The people in these metros and towns have jobs. They have service delivery and they have a responsive, accountable and caring government.

We can only bring that change to North West with your support.

The DA is ready to bring that good governance to North West. Lend us your support as we take the journey to build one South Africa for all where there is prosperity, safety and security and economic growth.

A debacle like Shiva Uranium will not happen under Joe McGluwa

The following remarks were made today by Democratic Alliance (DA) Mmusi Maimane, at the launch of the party’s North West Premier Campaign outside the recently shut down Shiva Uranium Mine in Klerksdorp, North West Province. Maimane was joined by those affected by these job losses, along with DA North West Premier Candidate, Joe McGluwa, and DA North West Provincial Chairperson, Carin Visser.

Fellow South Africans

The Guptas may have left our shores, but their legacy will live on for a long, long time. This mine here, Shiva Uranium, stands as a monument to the corruption of the ANC and their project of selling our country to the Gupta family.

Today the mine has failed and the Guptas have fled, but for the hundreds of workers here the nightmare continues. Since July almost 200 Shiva employees have not received their salaries.

When the Guptas took over here, they spoke of 4500 jobs that would be created. In the end barely 800 jobs were added, and that number is even lower after retrenchments in December.

They have left the environment here unusable for farming, they have left farm workers’ houses in the area damaged by mining explosives and they have left the mine at serious risk of flooding and sink holes as no water is being pumped out.

In place of the Guptas have come the Zama-Zamas – armed men with night vision equipment who are not only mining illegally, but also looting the mine for metal, copper wire, vehicles and other equipment.

This mine is a legacy of not only the Guptas, but also of the ANC government – both national and provincial. Because much of the state capture looting happened in provinces where Zuma’s loyal lieutenants like Supra Mahumapelo and Ace Magashule allowed the thieves to run riot.

And despite all the talk of rooting out corruption, no one in the ANC has faced any consequences for the biggest heist in the history of our democracy. I assure you, under a DA government this will not happen. Under a DA government anyone found guilty of corruption will be sent to prison for 15 years. That’s the only way to deal with this scourge.

In the meantime, while the rest of the country tries to find answers and closure to State Capture in the Zondo commission, let us not forget that for the workers here at Shiva Uranium there will be no closure until they get paid what they are due so that they can take care of their families.

Many of these families have joined us here today. They are desperate for answers and they are desperate for the money they are owed. But they have also realised that these answers will not come from the ANC government.

Let us also not forget that this mine is not all the Guptas have left behind. They also left behind debt of more than R280m – money borrowed from the Industrial Development Corporation to purchase this mine.

Yes, the Guptas may have fled. Supra may have been replaced here in the North West. Zuma may have been replaced in the Presidency. But nothing has changed – not here at this mine, not in this province and not in national government.

This is the same ANC that oversaw the tragic events that took place at Marikana six years ago, for which no one has faced real consequences. This is the same corrupt ANC that still presides over the same failed economy with the same failed policies.

Even those cadres exposed as Gupta stooges in the ANC’s provincial and national governments were kept on under Cyril Ramaphosa. Some were even promoted to Deputy President and Secretary-General.

And instead of ensuring that what happened here at Shiva doesn’t happen elsewhere, the ANC government’s new version of the Mining Charter will do the exact opposite. It is custom designed to achieve more of these transactions.

Fellow South Africans,

We need change in our country. And not the superficial change of a “New Dawn” with endless talk shops, roadshows and task teams that never get round to doing anything. We need real, tangible change that can be seen and felt in communities across the country.

And nowhere is this more evident than here in the North West province. This place was run like a massive mafia syndicate by Supra Mahumapelo, with millions of Rands worth of tenders going to the Guptas and other connected individuals while the province was left broken and on its knees.

Last year not one single municipality in the province managed to get a clean audit, and eight municipalities and ten provincial departments have been placed under administration.

Schools here have failed, roads are pot-holed and raw sewage runs down the streets of many communities. This province is on the verge of collapse, but arguably the biggest failure of all is that the North West has a broad unemployment rate of over 43%.

Almost half the working age population of the North West cannot find jobs, and most of these people are under the age of 25. Young people have been let down by this government. Many of them feel they have to leave the province in search of opportunities. This is not the South Africa and the North West province we want to see.

There is only one party that can bring change to the North West, and that party is the DA. Only the DA has a plan to unlock the potential in our economy by making it attractive to investors and by supporting new small businesses.

Only the DA has a mining policy that will enable mines like Shiva Uranium, as well as all the other gold and platinum mines in the province, to flourish and provide jobs.

Only the DA can run the kind of clean, corruption-free government that sees all the people’s money spent on services for the people.

And the man who will lead the charge for the DA as our premier candidate in this province is the hard-working, principled Joe McGluwa.

Joe will offer this province everything that Supra Mahumapelo wasn’t. He has an exemplary career in politics that spans over 30 years, starting as a councilor in the Matlosana Municipality before going on to serve as a Member of Parliament.

During this time, Joe’s integrity has never been brought into question. He has served his province and his country with passion and honesty, and his colleagues know him as a humble leader who likes to roll his sleeves up and get stuck into the work.

After years of suffering under the ANC and their Gupta handlers, this province needs a man like Joe McGluwa at the helm.

He’s a man of actions, not words. He’s someone who believes in the strength of family and community. Someone for whom integrity and honesty mean everything.

And, importantly, he is someone who unites rather than divides – the type of leader committed to bringing change that builds one South Africa for all its people.

Lack of security at Marabastad Refugee Office puts refugees at risk of exploitation and violence

This statement follows an oversight inspection by the Democratic Alliance (DA) Team One South Africa Spokesperson on Immigration, Jacques Julius MP, and the DA Gauteng Provincial Leader, John Moodey MPL, at the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office in Marabastad, Tshwane. 

  

Today, the Democratic Alliance (DA) visited the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office in Marabastad, Tshwane. The visit has once again proven how the failing ANC government continues to treat refugees and asylum seekers with disdain.

The DA spoke to asylum seekers who expressed their concerns regarding the conditions at this office which continue to deteriorate. We met with one gentleman from the Democratic Republic of the Congo whose work permit has expired. He travelled from Cape Town to have his permit renewed however he has not received any assistance since he first went to the office on the 16th of September 2018.

This speaks to the lack of urgency on the part of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to comply with a 2015 Supreme Court of Appeals judgment requiring that they re-open the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office. This would contribute greatly to addressing the capacity constraints at the remaining offices around the country.

We also spoke to the Security Chief who raised concerns regarding the high instances of robberies outside the office. The DA can confirm that none of the security cameras monitoring the perimeter of the office is working.

Recent Home Affairs Portfolio Committee meetings revealed the utter failure of the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) which allowed the contracts for security cameras to expire and failed to award new ones.

The Security Chief also confirmed that there are no dedicated police officers to assist the 3 in-house security guards on the premises. The Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office has requested a satellite police office from the South African Police Services (SAPS) to be stationed outside, however, this request seems to have fallen on deaf ears.

There is clearly an urgent need to address the security concerns facing asylum seekers at this office.

Whilst the DHA and the SAPS continue to ignore the safety concerns – vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers are being exploited and targeted by opportunistic criminals.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba and his department are to blame for the inhumane and poor treatment of refugees in South Africa. We have commitments as per the 1951 U.N. Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1969 Organization of African Unity (OAU) Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa to protect and support legitimate asylum seekers and refugees.

The chaos and dysfunction at the DHA, however, is creating a situation where people who want to be in South Africa legally – now face the risk of effectively having undocumented status imposed on them. This, in an asylum system which already has a backlog of at least 140 000 asylum applications.

The failing ANC is clearly incapable of fixing South Africa’s immigration system. The DA’s immigration plan charts a path forward in the fight against corruption in the immigration system so that we can focus on efficiently implementing a user-friendly, dignified process to all who enter our country.

The DA will restore law, order and integrity in the immigration system so that we can build the safe, prosperous South Africa we all deserve.

Pictures can be downloaded here, here, and here.

EFF confirms that money was exchanged between the Shivambu brothers – Hawks must investigate

The Economic Freedom Fighters’ press conference on the VBS looting was all sound and fury and fell short on clarifying Floyd Shivambu’s involvement in the VBS scandal. Instead, it was a flimsy attempt to divert attention by launching veiled attacks on the National Treasury, the South Africa Reserve Bank (SARB) and journalists on unverified allegations.

The Democratic Alliance calls on the Hawks to launch an official investigation into allegations against Shivambu on the role that he, and his brother, may have played in the VBS heist.

The SARB’s report implicates Brian Shivambu as a major beneficiary of the VBS heist to the tune of R 16 million. Julius Malema confirmed that as brothers, there were numerous transactions between Floyd and Brian. He could not rule out the possibility that proceeds of crime may have funded functions of the organisation. As such a full forensic investigation is necessary.

It is simply not enough for the EFF to claim they have satisfied themselves by looking at Floyd’s bank statements. The Hawks must now conduct a full investigation to establish definitively whether the money that was sent from Brian to Floyd was through the proceeds of the VBS Heist.

The EFF has not been forthcoming about whether they have as a party received any funding from any proceeds of the VBS Heist. We have, for months, challenged them to come clean about this. When asked, they simply obfuscate and detract from the question as they did during today’s press conference.

If they truly have nothing to hide, Shivambu and the party should submit their books for forensic investigation by the Hawks with immediate effect.

The DA has already submitted a complaint to the Parliamentary Ethics committee to probe Floyd Shivambu on his possible conflict of interest with his brother Brian. During today’s press conference Malema admitted that money was transferred between Brian and Floyd Shivambu. Clause 5.2 of the Parliamentary Code of Conduct “makes provision for a member, or their immediate family member to not accept any reward, benefit or gift from any person or body that creates a direct conflict or business interest for such Member”. This is evidence that Floyd Shivambu failed to disclose his conflict of interest in Parliament when the VBS matter was discussed.

The VBS heist has cost poor South Africans and struggling municipalities millions of rands and it is incumbent upon on the Hawks to ensure that those implicated are held to account.

This scandal proves that the ANC and the EFF are in the same coalition of corruption. The South African people deserve better than this.

President Ramaphosa will need to tell the truth about prior VBS knowledge when he appears in Parliament on Thursday

Allegations that President Ramaphosa had prior knowledge of theft and looting at VBS bank is a matter of national importance and, if true, has serious legal ramifications for the President. Close to R2 billion was systematically stolen from VBS bank accounts of poor, vulnerable and elderly people and funnelled to rich politicians, politically connected businesspersons, and their associates. The people of South Africa deserve a full, candid explanation.

I have therefore today written to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Baleka Mbete, requesting that an urgent oral question to the President be added to Thursday’s Order Paper, in terms of Rule 141 of the National Assembly Rules.

When President Ramaphosa appears in Parliament to answer questions on Thursday, I will look to ask him the following question:

On what date did he (a) first become aware of the involvement of executives in corruption and looting at the VBS Mutual Bank and (b) subsequently take action, if any, in this regard?

While the Presidency attempted to bury this matter yesterday via a press statement, the truth still remains elusive. We now sit with allegations and counter allegations, none of which provide full clarity on the President’s involvement.

As of yet, President Ramaphosa has failed to tell the nation the date on which he first became aware of the corruption and looting at VBS, and the date of when he first acted on this knowledge, if at all.

It is absolutely vital to ascertain this, as the President has a legislative duty to report corrupt transactions in terms of section 34(1) of the Prevention and Combatting of Corrupt Activities Act 12 of 2004 (PACCA). If he failed to do so, he may well be criminally liable.

For the holder of the highest office in the Republic to have allegedly had prior knowledge of grand corruption and looting for almost two years is an incredibly serious allegation and cannot be left partially answered through a 170-word statement. It is of urgent public importance that the President is afforded an opportunity in Parliament to answer to this serious allegation.

The President needs to use his final oral questions session for the year to play an open hand with the people of South Africa and unequivocally state on which date he first became aware of the VBS heist, and on which date he first acted in this regard, if at all, to ensure those accused are held to account.

Sadly, the VBS heist is just one example of an almost daily occurrence of corruption, cronyism and nepotism under the ANC – all which steals opportunity from South Africans.

One thing the ANC has succeeded at is maintaining a sophisticated organisational model of corruption that serves to make themselves rich. While Mr Ramaphosa’s PR team has been hard at work portraying him as “Mr Squeaky Clean”, it appears the skeletons are falling out of the cupboard, one by one.

Only the DA can fix this broken system that locks South Africans out by creating an open, fair and transparent model of government that sees all politically connected individuals found guilty of corruption spending a minimum of 15 years in jail.

DA to report EFF’s Shivambu to Parliament’s Ethics Committee over alleged VBS payments

Please also find attached a soundbite by the DA Team One South Africa Spokesperson on Corruption, Phumzile Van Damme MP

The Democratic Alliance will report the EFF’s Chief Whip, Floyd Shivambu, to Parliament’s Ethics Committee for investigation after he repeatedly failed to declare to Parliament the fact that he and his brother, Brian Shivambu, may have been implicated in the VBS scandal.

It was recently reported that the EFF had received R1.3 million of VBS funds, while Shivambu received R10 million. These payments were allegedly made during the period of 2015-2017.

Even if he did not receive this money, Shivambu should have at the very least declared, at the commencement of Parliamentary Portfolio Committees when the bank was discussed.

This is a violation of Rule 30 of the Rules of the National Assembly which states that “If a member has a personal or private financial or business interest in any matter before a forum of the Assembly of which he or she is a member, he or she must at the commencement of engagement on the matter by the forum immediately declare that interest in accordance with the code of conduct contained in the schedule to the Joint Rules and comply with the other provisions of the code”.

Furthermore, if Shivambu did indeed receive payments from VBS, they are in contravention of Members’ Code of Conduct as there is no that he declared these monies in the 2015-2017 Declaration of Members Interest and Payments in Parliament.

Clause 4.1.3 of the Code of Conduct clearly stipulates that members must “act in accordance with the public trust placed in them” and clause 5.1.1 states that members must “resolve any financial or business conflict of interest”, including declaring such interests.

Shivambu has called the allegations “weapons of mass deception and propaganda machines”.

The DA, therefore, challenges Shivambu to also undergo a lifestyle audit. Surely if he has nothing to hide, he will be transparent and do the right thing.

The EFF has, on numerous occasions, claimed to be fighting on behalf of poor and vulnerable South Africans, yet the looting of VBS Mutual Bank has led to the suffering of many vulnerable South Africans.

Hard-working South Africans almost lost their life savings and have been forced to wait in long lines, often overnight, just to make sure they could get their money.

This scandal will possibly have serious consequences for the 15 municipalities which deposited R1.5 billion with the bank as they are now at risk of losing billions in revenue. This will ultimately have severe consequences on service delivery.

The DA will not refrain from taking action against those who have been implicated in the VBS heist and we will continue to defend those who have been victims of this corruption.