VBS Mutual Bank's financial statements: 'Cooked, false and flawed'
VBS Mutual Bank’s financial statements for the year ending in March 2017 were allegedly cooked, false and flawed in many respects, the indictment against those accused of stealing from the bank shows.
The eight accused are former VBS Mutual Bank and Vele Investments chair Tshifhiwa Calvin Matodzi, former VBS Mutual Bank CEO Andile Ramavhunga, former CFO Philip Truter, former treasurer Phophi Mukhodobwane, former KPMG partner Sipho Malaba, former police officer Avashoni Ramikosi, and former Public Investment Corporation executives Enerst Nesane and Paul Magula.
The 80-page indictment presented on Thursday morning by prosecutors in the Palm Ridge Regional Court, east of Johannesburg, shows the following:
- An asset described as “Cash and cash equivalents” in the sum of R802,427,245 was falsely inflated by an amount of R690,326,847;
- An asset described as “Loans and advances” in the sum of R1,081,831,081 was falsely inflated by an amount of R351,956,095;
- A liability described as “Amounts owed to depositors” in the sum of R1,553,659,282
- was falsely inflated by an amount of R261,308,970;
- An equity described as “Permanent interest bearing shares” in the sum of R150,473,996 was falsely inflated by an amount of R89,044,352.
The true financial position of VBS Mutual Bank as at 31 March 2017 was as follows:
- The total assets amounted to R1,037,194,164, whereas the annual financial statements reflected its total assets as R2,102,039,406;
- The total liabilities amounted to R1,556,494,122, whereas the annual financial statements reflected its total liabilities as R1,863,460,154;
- The total equity amounted to the negative amount of R519,299,958, whereas the annual financial statements reflected its total equity as R238,579,252.
The bank was insolvent at the time, the indictment shows.
The National Head of the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation Lieutenant General Godfrey Lebeya (SOEG) and the National Director of Public Prosecution Advocate Shamila Batohi briefed the media on June 17 2020. The progress of high profile priority cases, including the the latest developments into the VBS investigation were revealed at the briefing.