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EFF files criminal charges against the finance minister

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Party leader Julius Malema arrives to open criminal case against now Finance minister Malusi Gigaba

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) officials filed criminal charges against the Minister of Finance Malusi Gigaba and other people involved in the Transnet Locomotives crime.

The charges were based on what it says is evidence of corruption in a lucrative government tender which shows the government bleeding R17 Billion rand to corruption over the procurement of locomotives.

New allegations of inappropriate collusion between state-owned companies and business interests close to President Jacob Zuma this week have piled pressure on the scandal-plagued leader and emboldened opposition parties.

More than 100,000 emails leaked to media show a company owned by the Gupta family, friends of Zuma, allegedly earned 5.3 billion rand by acting as an intermediary in a tender to build locomotives for state rail firm Transnet.

“We are here because we want to protect the South African purse, which Zuma and his friends have turned into a personal purse,” EFF head Julius Malema said after filing the complaint at Johannesburg’s central police station.

Gigaba has said he has done nothing wrong.

 

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