The newspaper published excerpts from what it described as a "strongly worded letter" from VBS chairperson Tshifhiwa Matodzi, in which he accused the Reserve Bank of creating the impression that black management is incompetent.
The Reserve Bank had also failed to protect the bank when it was attacked for giving a loan to then President Jacob Zuma, Matodzi reportedly said.
Zuma used a loan from VBS to repay the state R7.8 million of the several hundred million rand spent upgrading his private homestead in Nkandla, KwaZulu-Natal – so shooting the tiny and virtually unnoticed bank to prominence.
About six months ago VBS learnt that the national treasury had sent municipalities a letter to tell them they could not invest money with VBS, City Press reported. Municipalities apparently started withdrawing their money, causing a liquidity crisis that is now becoming dire enough to warrant intervention to keep the bank afloat.
Unless the Public Investment Corporation, which manages state pension funds, invests some R1.5 billion into the bank soon.
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