Minister Mokonyane on allegations at state capture Commission of Inquiry

28 March 2019

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Nomvula Mokonyane, yesterday (27 March 2019) received notice from the Judicial Commission Investigating Allegations of State Capture that allegations contained in the evidence of Mr Angelo Agrizzi, implicate her in unlawful, illegal or improper conduct.

The Commission’s Rule 3.3 states that ‘upon receipt’ of a notice and statement from the commission implicating one, the implicated party has 14 days from the date of the notice, to file an application to testify, cross-examine a witness and/or call witnesses.

The Minister was never issued with such a notice at the instance of Mr Agrizzi’s initial testimony. A formal complaint in this regard was filed with the Chair of the Commission, particularly on procedural fairness, potential prejudice and appropriateness of the decision of the Commission not to comply with its own rules and regulations in this regard. The Chair of the Commission has undertaken to rule on this fundamental matter of legal principle in due course.

“Having now formally received a notice from the Commission and the aspects of the statements of Mr Agrizzi that make allegations against me, it is my intention to exercise my rights to testify, cross-examine and call witnesses before the Commission.”

“This is to ensure that we formally and under-oath, dismiss allegations that I have or had a corrupt or unethical relationship with Bosasa or the Watson Family as the alleged by Mr Agrizzi” said Minister Mokonyane. “The allegations are of serious nature, self-contradictory in many respects and are designed to cast aspersions of impropriety against me in my personal and official capacities.”

“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 Organizing for the African National Congress as well as my various roles in government insofar as they may relate to the ‘false’ allegations of bribery of myself by BOSASA” said Minister Mokonyane.

The Minister maintains that the allegations made against her are untrue and that this will become evident once she exercises her rights before the Commission. It is the intention of the Minister to respect the Commission and to refrain from running parallel public commentary on its proceedings via media.

For further enquiries contact:

Ministerial Spokesperson, Mlimandlela Ndamase
Cell: 083 480 0014 or
E-mail: mndamase@environment.gov.za