What motivated EFF leader Julius Malema’s “unprecedented” attack on new National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shamila Batohi? ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu, who posed the question on social media on Sunday, suggested that the red berets had gone on the offensive because they were worried about being prosecuted in connection with the VBS Mutual Bank looting scandal.
Batohi spoke about a “cancer of impunity” that had ravaged the rule of law in South Africa during her first press briefing on Friday. “Perpetrators of crime and corruption, within the state or private sector, regardless of who you are, where you are, how rich you are, your days of acting with impunity are numbered,” BusinessLIVE quoted her as saying.
A day later, speaking at the EFF manifesto launch, Malema accused Batohi of being “too close” to public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and added that he did not trust her.