The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), have contributed R6 million towards the COVID-19 Solidarity Fund and produced proof of payment as evidence of its commitment.
In a statement released on Friday 8 May, the party is challenging all other contributors to produce proof of payment so that any liars can be identified.
“We challenge all other persons, companies and formations that have made commitments to contribute to the Solidarity Fund also to produce proof of payments,” it said.
EFF CALL ON RUPERTS AND OPPENHEIMERS TO PRODUCE PROOF OF PAYMENTS
While the party thanked the “disciplined and dedicated” EFF public representatives who sacrificed a third of their salaries to contribute to the Solidarity Fund, it said those who committed to contributing should provide evidence.
“We call on the Ruperts, Oppenheimers, Patrice Motsepe, Naspers, Sanlam, Vodacom and Dis-Chem, who have publicly announced that they will make donations to the Solidarity Fund, to produce proof of payments,” it said.
“We also challenge Ramaphosa and his cabinet members, MECs and other political parties, like the ANC and the DA, to produce proof of payments,” it said.
“Furthermore, we challenge Ramaphosa to go beyond COVID-19 and also produce proof of payments of all the contributors he promised to the Nelson Mandela Foundation from his monthly salary,” it added.
PATRICE MOTSEPE CHALLENGED TO PROVIDE EVIDENCE
The EFF is challenging Patrice Motsepe to produce the proof of payment for the R3.5 billion he promised toward the acceleration of land reform.
“Motsepe made this announcement at the Global Citizen Festival in FNB Stadium on 2 December 2018,” the party said.
The EFF said anyone who cannot produce these proof of payments has effectively lied or misled society for public relations purposes.
“There is indeed too much grandstanding in our country which must be exposed by demands for evidence. People and companies must provide evidence of their pledges as the EFF has done. It is high time we separate water from oil and return meaning into words; expose lies and liars amongst us,” it said.
The EFF maintained that it is not a rich party, neither is its constituency.
“Out of the little we have, we contribute because COVID-19 can only be defeated through human solidarity and cooperation. We hope that these funds will contribute to the improvement of our public healthcare system, the purchase of personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and the building of facilities in poor communities. Also, those with whom the Solidarity Fund will do business will be black-owned or bEE compliant companies,” it added.