NPA napped a couple of suspects in relation to the VBS Mutual Bank scandal
The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) says they welcome the arrest of all people who are accused of acts of corruption and criminality that relates to the VBS Mutual Bank.
“We welcome these arrests because an opportunity will be presented in neutral Courts of Law to present hard facts and evidence, thereby removing the media campaign and slander that has been ongoing since the release of the South African Reserve Bank report on improprieties in the Bank,” the party said in a statement.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that they have napped a number of suspects in today’s early hours who have been implicated in the VBS Mutual Bank crime that forced the bank to be closed.
EBNewsDaily understands that several top VBS Mutual Bank insiders, including board members and the chief KPMG auditor for the bank, have been napped.
The NPA says the suspects will appear in court tomorrow.
EFF says they will closely monitor the developments and “believe that the process underway will be conducted in a free and fair manner so that justice prevails and that the legal principle of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ is followed in letter and in spirit”.
Party leaders Julius Malema and his Deputy Floyd Shivambu have several times been linked to having benefited from the VBS Mutual Bank robbery by Daily Maverick’ Scorpio led by Journalist Pauli Van Wyk. The EFF leaders have denied any involvement in the bank scandal.
Meanwhile, NPA head Shamila Batohi says today’s arrests are an important milestone – but stresses that “a lot of work lies ahead”. She says justice must be done for the victims of VBS looting, particularly elderly people who lost their life savings.
When asked whether the work done by journalists including the investigations by Pauli Van Wyk will be considered in handling the case, the NPA said the main objective is to deal with the injustice that happened to the bank and that any useful information will we welcome.