The office of the Public Protector has confirmed that Public Protector Mkhwebane Busisiwe will hold private talks with members of the Black First Land First (BLF) movement.
Mkhwebane’s office announced that talks with the controversial leader of the BLF movement, Mr. Andile Mngxitama, and his colleagues would take place on Thursday.
The BLF said the purpose of the meeting is to discuss issues they initially raised with former public protector Thuli Madonsela; which she left unattended to when she left office in October 2016.
A statement released by the BLF disclosed that some of the vital issues include an alleged R26 billion theft by white monopoly capital and an alleged capture of the state by these bigwigs.
The movement also claimed that some South African bigwigs responsible for these atrocities include Richemont chairman Johann Rupert and Barclays Africa CEO Maria Ramos.
Last year, Black First Land First, in a memo, requested Madonsela to probe the missing R26 billion – which it alleged was siphoned out of the Reserve Bank during apartheid regime by the “white monopoly capital”.
But Madonsela turned down their request. This prompted the group to accuse her of undermining black people. They also led a demonstration at the office of the Public Protector; insisting that Public Protector Thuli Madonsela must accept its memorandum.
After several days of demonstrations at her office, Madonsela dragged the movement to the court for storming her office but her application to have the group dismissed from the building was turned down by the Pretoria High Court.
The Black First Land First announced that it has opened a criminal case against Johann Rupert and 16 others implicated in the theft of R26 billion from the South African Reserve Bank (SARS).
It related at the time that the list of suspects it put forward was based on the so-called CIEX report.
A list of alleged perpetrators named at the police station include:
2. Sanlam and Rembrandt
5. Barend Du Plessis (who was in office as Minister of Finance from 1984–1992).
6. Attie Du Plessis
7. Christian Lodewyk Stals (SARB Governor from 8 August 1989 to 7 August 1999)
8. Marinus Daling (Deputy Chair of Sanlam Limited from 1993 and later from 1997 Chair of Sanlam Limited).
9. Danie Cronje (Deputy Chief Executive and Group Chief Executive of ABSA from 1987 to 1997).
10. Anton Rupert (founder and owner of Rembrandt).
Anton Rupert passed away on 18 January 2006. Legal recourse must be sought against his estate, alternatively the beneficiaries of his estate.
11. Johan Rupert (Vice-Chair of Rembrandt Group from 1989 to 2000.
12. James Havelock Cross (Deputy Governor of SARB from 1997 to 1999 and Senior Deputy Governor since 1999).
13. Thabo Mbeki
Thabo Mbeki was Deputy President of RSA from 1994 to 1999, and; President from1999 to 2008.
14. Dullah Omar (Minister of Justice from 10 May 1994 to 14 June 1999. Died on 13 March 2004)
15. Trevor Manuel (Minister of Finance from 4 April 1996 to 10 May 2009)
16. Alexander Erwin (Minister of Trade and Industry from 1996 to 2004)
17. Tito Mboweni (Minister of Labour from 1994 to 1998.