- Ex-minister Nomvula Mokonyane has had a confusing day of testimony at the State Capture Inquiry
- The Zondo Commission had initially heard Mokonyane deny even having a celebration at a certain hotel, but now the former minister has admitted otherwise
- Mokonyane says that her 40th birthday was held at the Victoria Hotel, but denies knowing that BOSASA had foot the bill
Nomvula Mokonyane's testimony at the State Capture Inquiry has been messy after numerous U-turns and corrections.
After initially denying ever having a party at the Victoria Hotel, the former minister has since admitted that her 40th had been hosted at the venue.
Mokonyane had told the commission that she had forgotten about the celebration because she had been focused on the allegation that her 50th had been hosted at the hotel.
The ex-minister denied any knowledge that BOSASA had paid for the party, despite former COO Angelo Agrizzi testifying otherwise.
Guesthouse owner Hendrik Coetzee had confirmed Agrizzi's claim that Mokonyane's birthday celebrations had been hosted at his venue and paid for by the infamous company.
The former minister said that her 40th birthday had been planned as a small dinner but she had been surprised by a party, denying knowing who had actually planned the event:
"I can't attest how it ended up being a party because there was a plan to celebrate by going out to dinner, with a few people joining us for dinner and then we'd be coming back home. And it turned out to be the opposite because then there were more people and it was as I said... I came in and everyone said: 'Surprise'."
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Mokonyane had accused Agrizzi of attempting to sabotage her reputation with his testimony before the inquiry.
Her personal assistant, Sandy Thomas, during her own appearance confirmed that the minister would receive occasional gifts from the company. Thomas also revealed that BOSASA had allegedly handled any maintenance issued that cropped up at Mokonyane's personal residence.
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