Former ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize has denied knowledge of a R2m donation the party allegedly received from the controversial VBS Mutual Bank during his tenure at Luthuli House. Mkhize‚ who is the minister of co-operative governance and traditional affairs, confirmed that he met the troubled VBS management but that it ‘‘was a formally arranged meeting with the [treasurer-general's] office’’. According to his version‚ the meeting ‘‘was never’’ about favours for VBS, but rather about the ANC's transformation vision. Mkhize says he has no ‘‘personal recollection’’ of VBS donating R2m to the ANC when he was in charge of the party's finances. ‘‘If any financial contribution was made to the ANC by VBS or any other company‚ this would have been without any influence or commitment from the ANC to do favours‚’’ Mkhize said in a statement. ‘‘As a general practice‚ the office of the treasurer-general sends letters requesting donations ahead of major events such as gala dinners or rallie...

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