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EFF’s Kotze hits back at fraud allegations

At the dawn of the radical Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) campaign to contend the 2014 elections, Wiekus Kotze sang praises to leader Julius Malema, now the man who caused much debate in Alberton is taking in battle with the organisation.

ALBERTON – Alberton resident and alleged former Economic Freedom Fighter CFO Wiekus Kotze has responded to the EFF statement regarding his allegations of financial impropriety.

In a press conference on Tuesday, April 7, Kotze brought a list of claims to light, among others that requirements of law with regards to the public finance management act were never met.

EFF spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi released a statement on Wednesday, March 8, countering the claims with allegations of embezzlement and a report that a case had been opened at the Johannesburg Central police station against him.

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Kotze replied today in an interview with the RECORD that the allegations brought against him are a “fabrication of lies”. He responded to claims that he shifted party funds to his own account by stating that only three people have authorisation to complete transfers of funds; Julius Malema, Floyd Shivambu and Leigh-Ann Mathys.

Kotze also disputed the terms of his suspension by asserting that he never attended a formal meeting regarding his suspension, and only received notice that he had been suspended after his pay was withheld in November last year.

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His suspension is not the only item of contention between Kotze and the party; his job title seems to be up for debate as well.

Spokesperson Ndlozi stated that the position of Chief Financial Officer does not exist in the EFF organogram, while Kotze claims that after two months of employment he was promoted to the position.

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He was purportedly introduced in a letter as the CFO to the FNB branch managing the EFF bank account by Leigh-Ann Mathys. She tweeted that Kotze was the financial administrator at the Gauteng provincial legislature, and only had access to the Gauteng Provincial constituency account in response.

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