Following revelations that an ANC staffer has been arrested for alleged involvement in a cash-in-transit (CIT) heist and the organisation confirming one of its employees at Luthuli House was arrested earlier this month, EFF deputy leader Floyd Shivambu says the governing party is to blame for the recent spate of heists in South Africa.

Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba made the shocking revelation that one of the suspects arrested in connection with a CIT heist had worked at Luthuli House, the headquarters of the ANC, located in Johannesburg.

In a statement, the ANC confirmed they had fired Errol Velile Present for “his arrest and appearance in court on allegations of a number of heinous crimes”.

The ANC also expressed its dismay, and said it would be instituting its own disciplinary inquiry, to ask Present why he shouldn’t lose his party membership. The party made it clear it is against all criminal activity.

In a tweet on Wednesday, however, Shivambu said it was evident from the onset that the governing party was behind the spate of heists in the country. He pointed to long-running allegations that ANC used to receive money from armed robbers to fund itself during the struggle.

“How do you explain that there have been so many cash in transit heists and the arrest is only made by JMPD, and not SAPS? They are thieving for 2019 Elections,” Shivambu tweeted.