The Democratic Alliance (DA) has asked the police in Cape Town to investigate Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to ascertain whether she actually violated South Africa’s Immigration Act when she brought in a Burundian woman, with a fake passport, into the country, using an Air Force jet.
The DA opened the case against the minister for “smuggling” Michelle Wege into the country in 2014 today.
The minister however defended herself claiming that she rescued the Burundian woman Wege who now stays with her from an abusive home in her native, Burundi.
But, DA’s Kobus Marais says that instead of taking the law into her hands, the minister should have followed legal and diplomatic channels.
“If it was all justified and there was merit in this case, we believe that there were enough legal and diplomatic routes to follow. It was certainly not necessary to smuggle the lady in.”
Apparently, the DA is not ready to let this illicit act go unpunished as Marais revealed that an application has been sent for permission to access specific information and details surrounding the Burundi trip.
“We have submitted an application to get specific information in terms of who approved this trip, who was involved in this trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo and who cleared them via customs and via the Waterkloof Air Force Base.”
Meanwhile, the father of the young woman denied ever abusing his daughter. He also made a shocking revelation to the Sunday Times last week that his Wege had some romantic relationship with the minister’s late son, Chumani.
The late son of the Defence Minister was allegedly stabbed to death in October last year, by his friend Carlos Higuera, in Bezuidenhout Valley.