Few weeks ago, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula raised eyebrows after it emerged that she ‘smuggled’ a 22-year-old woman into the country.
The Burundian woman, Michelle Wege, was allegedly smuggled into the country on an Air Force jet by the minister with a false passport into the country.
However, after events continued to unfold and calls for thorough investigations into the matter got thickened, truth surrounding the incidence emerged.
According to report, Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s late son, Chumani Nqakula, and Michele Wege were two lovebirds and were in a romantic relationship before the sudden demise of Chumani.
The duo’s relationship was aborted after the defence minister’s son was allegedly stabbed by his friend Carlos Higuera, in Bezuidenhout Valley, Johannesburg last October.
The woman’s father, Laurent Wege, divulged the truth and revealed his daughter was engaged to Mapisa-Nqakula’s late son.
In additon, the Burundian man’s claim was supported by four other sources‚ two of them close to the minister’s family. He also refuted the minister’s claims that she “rescued” Michelle from being abused by him.
Reports said that minister Mapisa-Nqakula had flown from Waterkloof Air Force Base to the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect the 28-year-old woman but she claimed that she had to travel to Ethiopia for the 26th AU summit and had planned to meet with her counterpart in the DRC when she brought the woman back to South Africa on her state jet.
However, following the emergence of the truth, Mapisa-Nqakula might be facing might be having a rough ride any moment from now, considering her initial claims.
Also, it is clear that she has opened a can of worms and even soiled more hands in her shady deals. To drive this home, Wege revealed also that the minister arranged with her sister, Nosithembele Mapisa, who was the deputy ambassador to Burundi at the time, for his daughter to run away to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), where she was arrested with fraudulent documents.
Meanwhile, the minister’s sister, Mapisa has been suspended for her alleged role in assisting the woman source a fake passport.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Reacts
On the other hand, the minister has labelled the story a well calculated political plot to destroy her reputation and image in the country. In a statement released shortly after the incidence, she reiterated not regretting her action, “I will sacrifice everything for Michelle… I’d do it again if I had to.” said Mapisa-Nqakula.
Meanwhile the Presidency said on Sunday that president Jacob Zuma has engaged with Mapisa-Nqakula about the issue and would not speak further on the matter.
But the DA has vowed to tackle the issue until justice is served. Speaking further, DA’s Kobus Marais said, “I will accordingly write to the Public Protector requesting that she launch an investigation into this matter.
“Mapisa-Nqakula has, in true ANC form, misused her political standing to obtain favours from South African and international authorities, violated her oath of office, Executive Members Ethics Act, the Immigration Act, and the Defence Act for personal benefit,” Marais added.
The minister has since been under attack after the incidence. Many suggested that thorough investigation be launched in order to unravel the truth. Others asserted that she apparently violated her oath of office, the defence laws of the country as well as the immigration laws.