The EFF has opened a case of theft against the Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle at the Bisho police station.

The party accuses Masualle of stealing over R200 000 which was allegedly deposited into his bank account during the funeral preparations of the late former President Neslon Mandela in 2013.

Last month Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, released a report which revealed that there was irregular spending of R300 million by the Eastern Cape Government which was meant for the world icon’s funeral in December 2013.

According Mkhwebane’s report, Masualle did not benefit from the R250 000 payment as he had asked for the payment to be reversed.

The EFF has moved to rubbish claims that they want to shift focus from the ANC 106 anniversary celebrations.

“The spotlight can’t turn away from them, obviously I mean we are the third largest party in the country. I don’t think our presence in the media space will deter attention from that because of this. We are specifically dealing with what we see as corrupt activities that are happening in the province. Whether the timing or not, it’s not about that. We are starting a year, we want to flush out corruption. If the first person that we need to deal with is the Premier, it had to be him. He must be arrested that is what we are calling for,” said EFF Provincial co-ordinator, Yazini Tetyana.

Eastern Cape Police have confirmed that a case of theft against the Premier was opened and has been referred to the Hawks for further investigation.

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