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Kotze hits back at Ndlozi

Kotze hits back at Ndlozi

The suspended Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) in Gauteng has hit back the party’s National Spokesperson in a row over financial irregularities.

Speaking in a statement, Wiekus Kotze, said that allegations made by Mbuyiseni Ndlozi that he asked party members to keep quiet about the illegal depositing of funds from the sale of T-shirt into his own bank account, was a “barrage of lies and distortions”.

“EFF leaders lie because they know that they remain untouchable darlings of a section of the media, and whatever they say would never be questioned or investigated,” Kotze told News24.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ndlozi stated that Kotze, who the party suspended five months ago for fraud, had never been CFO “as we don’t have such a position”, and that accusations he made of financial mismanagement against EFF leader Julius Malema and Deputy President Floyd Shivambu at a press conference on Tuesday, was nothing but “allegations without any proof”.

“When Mr. Kotze was confronted about this transaction, he admitted to this impropriety and fraud, and offered to resign as an employee of the organisation, and specifically pleaded that we should not report the case to the police as he was going to pay back the money,” Ndlozi said.

“The EFF duly released him as an employee upon realising that in two of his previous jobs, Mr. Kotze was suspended for financial impropriety. We are still awaiting the money which Mr. Kotze has made a commitment to pay back to the organisation and have since opened a police case against him in Johannesburg Central,” he wrote before providing a case number and contract details of the investigating officer.

Kotze stated that Ndlozi’s accusations were “laughable”, adding that he should provide proof of him committing fraud.