The campaign to force Absa to pay back money owed by its predecessor Bankorp is sponsored by the politically connected Gupta family and the state security organisation, says EFF leader Julius Malema. "[State Security Minister David] Mahlobo actually went and told people to [actually] go and find dirt on the Ruperts. Mahlobo has been going around shopping for wrong things against the Ruperts in exchange for money… If he dares challenge me, I will expose him. He must be careful," he told a media briefing in Johannesburg. He also alleged that state security money was being used to buy adverts. State security spokesman Brian Dube refused to comment. The Guptas did not respond to requests for comment. Black First Land First leader and former EFF MP Andile Mngxitama has called on Malema to join the campaign. A leaked draft report by the public protector concluded that Absa should repay R2.25bn to the fiscus for an apartheid-era Reserve Bank bail-out for Bankorp between 1985 and 1991. Bank...

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