At this stage, you either know that the EFF is a political front for a self-enrichment project, or you’re an EFF supporter who’s willingly ignoring the cold, hard facts.
The party hates ‘white monopoly capital’, and Pravin Gordhan, and the list goes on, but they must really, really hate the Daily Maverick and, in particular, journalist Pauli van Wyk.
She’s been the driving force behind a number of investigations into the party’s looting of VBS Mutual Bank, and this weekend she landed another damning blow, this time to Floyd Shivambu.
He ha already been nailed in ‘The Chronicles of Grand Azania, Part One‘, which showed that “Floyd Shivambu was the directing hand and main beneficiary of two companies turned slush funds, which received R15.1-million in stolen money from VBS Mutual Bank”.
Now Part Two has dropped, and part of the investigation focuses on a Grand Azania bank card, which is a company that was operated by his brother, Brian.
Brian wasn’t in possession of the card, though, and Floyd went on a merry swiping spree across much of southern Africa:
We can trace his movements all the way back to December 2016, when Shivambu spent Christmas in his home-town, Malamulele, Limpopo…
Shivambu took the bank card on a Sandton City shopping spree two days after returning from Christmas with his family. On 28 December 2016, it paid for new clothes at Gucci (R20,300), Nike (R3,579.96) and Louis Vuitton (R7,600) – just in time for Shivambu’s birthday trip to Zambia. The next day, the card paid for an item worth R3,495 at Moda Luggage & Leather.
On 30 December 2016, Shivambu publishes his crossing of the Kazungula Border Post between Zambia and Botswana on Instagram.
Shivambu spent his birthday on New Year’s Day 2017 next to the Victoria Falls. The Grand Azania bank card celebrated the birthday with Shivambu in Zambia. It paid R8,429.42 at the Royal Livingstone Hotel. The hotel overlooks the Zambezi River as it drops down over the Victoria Falls.
In other words, Floyd’s Instagram account links hin indelibly to the card.
The Grand Azania bank card followed Shivambu to Cape Town too. On 9 March 2017, Shivambu spoke in Parliament. The card paid for a shopping spree at the Cape Town V&A Waterfront, spending R1,999 at Pringle, R7,000 at Replay, R1,670 at The Body Shop and R820 in Bukhara Restaurant.
You know the Dail Maverick has gone deep when they have all the receipts:
The list goes on and on, with the card’s spending in direct correlation with Floyd’s whereabouts on Instagram.
Those final tallies on that card are quite something:
Between 2016 and 2018, Shivambu spent hundreds of thousands of rand in stolen VBS money as well as other dodgy cash on clothing from Burberry (R52,770), Gucci (R82,900), Louis Vuitton (R16,450), groceries from Spar (R13,635) and Shoprite (R13,923) and technology from Dion Wired (R13,329), iStore (R33,637) and Esquire Technology (R172,978).
Oh, and that Range Rover, too:
What was that about the EFF being champions of the poor?
You can bet this is going to lead to more aggression in Parliament, too.
To understand the sheer scale of the Daily Maverick’s investigation, you need to read the article in full.
For those who want the nuts and bolts, and prefer things in video format, you’re in luck:
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