‘I WAS ONLY PAID SALARY’

FLOYD Shivambu has told parliament that as an MP in 2017, he earned nothing but his salary.

No shares, no directorships, no consulting fees, no sponsorships, no land, no pension – no benefits at all.

But WhatsApp messages and SMSes between Shivambu and businessman Lawrence Mulaudzi paint a very different picture.
The messages seen by amaBhungane show that the deputy president of the EFF twice asked Mulaudzi for an “intervention” to be paid into the account number of Grand Azania, a company controlled by his brother Brian.

“Intervention” seems to be a code word for cash.

The messages suggest that in exchange Shivambu used his position as EFF second-in-command to secure meetings and potential business deals for Mulaudzi.

Mulaudzi has been in the spotlight at the Mpati Commission, which is investigating allegations of wrongdoing at the Public Investment Corporation.

His companies received loans of R3,6 billion from the corporation.

In another example, Mulaudzi’s business partner Kinesh Pather was looking for help to stop community protests at a chrome mine in Limpopo and told Mulaudzi they needed the “Red Boys” to control one of the residents’ leaders.

Pather sent Mulaudzi a photograph of EFF leader Julius Malema posing at a gala dinner with two men, followed by a message: “Bru, this guy on left, Edward Phasha. We need Red boys to help rein in on chrome at Marula.”

Phasha, also a member of the EFF, was one of the community activists involved in the protests at Marula.

Shivambu and the EFF ignored requests for comment that amaBhungane sent over the past three weeks.

Mulaudzi said: “I have a relationship with Floyd Shivhambu which dates back to our ANC Youth League days.

“There has never been anything untoward about this relationship.”

After amaBhungane sent detailed questions to Mulaudzi about the urgent “interventions” into Grand Azania’s bank account, he stopped responding. – AMABHUNGANE

Source: Daily Sun