EFF deputy president Floyd Shivambu allegedly sent an SMS to former finance minister Nhlanhla Nene and treasury director-general Dondo Mogajane, asking that the controversial VBS Mutual Bank not be placed under curatorship.
Nene made the startling claim when he appeared before the state capture commission on Thursday.
Nene claims that he received an SMS from Shivambu days after he was reappointed as finance boss in February 2018. In the message, Shivambu says "it is sad when a black-owned bank is placed under curatorship" and blamed the Treasury for its fate. He then asked Nene to "assist" in the matter.
At the time, Nene was tasked with determining whether the bank be placed under curatorship after reports found that almost R2bn was looted from the institution. Shivambu's brother is alleged to be one of the parties that benefited from the scandal.
"I did not succumb to this kind of pressure because this was meant to influence my decision," Nene told the commission.