Mokonyane: Inquiry violated rights by not informing her of Agrizzi's testimony

Mokonyane: Inquiry violated rights by not informing her of Agrizzi's testimony

Minister Nomvula Mokonyane feels the state capture inquiry had violated her rights by not informing her of Angelo Agrizzi's testimony implicating her. However, the commission's legal team announced last week that the normal procedure would not be followed after concerns for Agrizzi's safety.

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Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has accused the state capture inquiry of breaching her rights by not informing her of Angelo Agrizzi's testimony implicating her.

The minister has responded to the situation by sending a letter to the commission, saying some officials seem determined to undermine the integrity of the inquiry.

Briefly.co.za reported yesterday that Agrizzi had testified of BOSASA's involvement with the minister, including funding extravagant annual Christmas parties, luxury vehicle hire for her daughter as well as paying for her relatives funerals.

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According to EWN, the letter sent to the commission by Mokonyane's lawyers claims she had not been given a reason why there had been a deviation from the rules. Normally, a person implicated would be informed before the testimony incriminating them can be heard.

Mokonyane claims the inquiry has breached her right to procedural fairness after it had failed to provide an opportunity for her to make representations on the decision not to implement said rule.

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However, the inquiry's legal team explained last week that people implicated in Agrizzi's testimony will not be informed beforehand due to concerns surrounding his safety.

The minister feels betrayed that media had early access to the contents of Agrizzi's testimony before she did. She requests that the commission to consider her complaint and take remedial action to rectify the situation.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo is expected to make an announcement regarding the media and journalists 'regarding certain articles' today, when Agrizzi's testimony is expected to continue.

This is a developing story, follow Briefly.co.za for the latest updates on the State Capture Inquiry.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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