The Democratic Alliance (DA) has laid criminal charges against Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize.
This follows reports that he had allegedly siphoned R2 million ‘donation’ from Vele Investments in 2016 during his tenure as ANC treasurer-general, in return for his help in raising funds from municipalities and state institutions.
In a statement on Wednesday, DA Shadow Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Kevin Mileham confirmed that the case is now being handled by police to do investigations.
“The case is now in the hands of the police to investigate these charges to ensure that they hold the Minister accountable for any wrongdoing. Minister Mkhize is conflicted, and this explains why there was little action taken by him to intervene in the several municipalities that lost money to the VBS heist,” said Mileham.
Fifteen Municipalities had illegally deposited their money into VBS Mutual account.
According to Mileham, VBS looting will continue to impact service delivery for a long time, saying many people nearly lost their life savings and the families of the bank’s retrenched employees have lost a valuable source of income.
“Mkhize must resign as he has clearly failed to fulfil his duties as Minister and has breached his oath of office,” added Mileham.