Minister Nomvula Mokonyane intends to clear her name at the state capture inquiry and wants to challenge allegations made against her. Angelo Agrizzi, former COO for BOSASA, claimed that the minister had been a long-standing connection for the disgraced company, pocketing perks in the process.
Environmental Affairs Minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, says that she is on a mission to clear her name at the Zondo Commission.
Mokonyane has been implicated in the testimony put forward by Angelo Agrizzi, former BOSASA COO, who claims she had received R50 000 a month from the company.
According to News24, Agrizzi claimed that BOSASA and Mokonyane's relationship had been a longstanding one, due to how powerful she was in government.
Agrizzi further claimed that her influence had been used to secure contracts and to prevent BOSASA from enduring criminal prosecution.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier this year that Agrizzi alleged the minister had received gifts, meat and alcohol for family functions. Further to this, Mokonyane allegedly had maintenance done at her home, including a garden service, security upgrades and repairs.
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Agrizzi testified that he had been present when Mokonyane had been handed a grey bag, allegedly full of cash:
"I remember clearly, it was in her study. As you walk in the front door, to the right. There was a whole lot of memorabilia on the wall."
The minister had continued to deny the allegations, something that she feels testifying will illustrate for South Africans:
"I intend to provide the commission with an honest account of my relationship with the Watson family, my role as the previous head of elections and organising for the ANC, as well as my various roles in government insofar as they may relate to the 'false' allegations of bribery of myself by Bosasa."
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