- Former Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has accused Angelo Agrizzi of attempting to destroy her character
- Mokonyane gave an opening statement at the State Capture Inquiry on Monday
- The minister insists that the infamous BOSASA company chose to do business with her for her work helping communities
Former Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane has kicked off testimony at the State Capture Inquiry.
Mokonyane was allowed to make an opening statement at the commission investigating allegations of widespread corruption and graft in government institutions.
Mokonyane has accused former BOSASA COO Angelo Agrizzi of mocking her family, culture and even bereavement. The ex-minister explained that she had been an activist from the tender age of 15, but claimed that Agrizzi was attempting to soil what was left of her reputation.
Mokonyane denied that BOSASA had paid for the burials of her family members, explaining that they had received financial support during their time of mourning like any African family.
BOSASA, according to Mokonyane, had selected her to work with them due to her community assistance in response to allegations of corruption paid in food parcels and money.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo had allowed her to make the statement on the condition that she did not implicate any person without prior notice.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za detailed how Agrizzi had made a long list of allegations against Mokonyane, including that she had demanded catering for ANC rallies. Another request Agrizzi claims to have entertained was a list of Christmas groceries for Mokonyane every year since 2002.
Apparently, the minister would send through a list, including cases of expensive liquor and kilos of meat.
Agrizzi claims that Mokonyane and BOSASA were so closely-knit that the minister's daughter would be able to request specific vehicles from a rental company at the company's expense.
"There were numerous requests given through the year (between 2002 and 2003). These included organising and paying for funerals in respect of deceased family members, rental vehicles for two to three months at time for her daughter and numerous catering opportunities for rallies on her instruction."
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