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Bring it on: Malema invites group of journos to interrogate him on VBS saga

The EFF leader says he has got nothing to hide.

FILE: EFF leader Julius Malema. Picture: Sethembiso Zulu/EWN

JOHANNESBURG – Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema has on Wednesday announced that he's invited five journalists to interrogate him publicly on the VBS Mutual Bank saga.

In a series of tweets, Malema explained the decision to host the interrogation came after SABC senior political reporter Samkelo Maseko asked the NPA, during its media briefing update on its progress on the bank probe, on who to hold accountable for the collapse of the mutual bank, if it would be investigating Malema and some EFF members who were implicated in the looting of the bank.

“As a result, I challenged @samkelemaseko to gather five journalists from different media houses he trusts for a public interrogation session with myself. These journalists can ask whatever question they wish, from VBS, bank statements, On Point, and the so-called collapse of Limpopo,” one of Malema’s threaded tweets read.

The accusations were initially made by former Mail and Guardian and current Daily Maverick investigative journalist Pauli van Wyk between 2018 and 2019, where she reported how Malema and other EFF leaders looted millions from the bank for their personal benefits.

The now-defunct bank was declared bankrupt in 2018 after billions of brands were syphoned out into fictitious accounts.

The EFF has numerously refuted these claims and with Malema going as far as lambasting the journalist on social media.

Malema said he has nothing to hide, tweeting that he had told Maseko to also invite Van Wyk to be a part of the interrogation to prove that he had nothing to hide.

“I have been adviced by @samkelemaseko that the 5 journalists which include @PaulivW have been arranged.”

The interrogation will take place on Thursday, 25 June 2020 at 12 noon at the EFF headquarters in Johannesburg.

EWN will be live blogging the interrogation.

Malema has also invited Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan to be part of the session.

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