Water and Sanitation Minister Mokonyane has made a shocking allegation against EFF leader Julius Malema.
In a fresh attack against the chief fighter, a ‘hurt’ Mokoyane accused Malema of calling her eight days in a row in December demanding money.
Nomvula Mokonyane, an ANC NEC member‚ made the startling revelation on Monday while speaking to the ANC Amathole regional executive committee induction workshop at the Osner Hotel in East London.
The minister also used the medium to respond to Malema’s previous allegations that she is being controlled by South African businessman Luvo Makas.
Earlier this year, it emerged that Luvo Makasi is the man making all the important decision at the Department of Water Affairs and Sanitation.
But the ‘accused’ refuted the allegations and went as far as laying a complaint against SA’s local media outlet, the City Press with the Press Ombudsman in a bid to protect his interests and that of the institutions he serves.
He also denied any allegations of impropriety between Mokonyane and himself, saying their relationship is based on his role as a lawyer who provides legal advice to various water boards and water-related entities.
Makasi said: “My interactions with Minister Mokonyane and the Department of Water and Sanitation have always been of a professional nature and remain of that nature.”
“I categorically and clearly state that this allegation of a romantic relationship which has seen the minister relinquish her executive authority to myself is a false and blatant lie intended to defame, malign and discredit both myself and the minister.”
Speaking further on what transpired between her and Malema last year, the minister alleged that it was Malema who was controlling her – having called her for eight days.
She claimed: “All along everybody was reading about him insulting Nomvula saying there is a Luvo who is running Nomvula because he sleeps with her… I never responded but my time came and I said, in fact, Julius is controlling me because from 15 to 23 [December 2016] all he wanted [from me] was money.
I picked up his call and guess what? These are the service providers that have been funding Julius and doing work for this government and [Malema] himself has his own company.”
When contacted, Malema admitted calling her but explained that he called the minister to remind her that workers in Giyani were yet to receive their monthly pay.
“…Yes‚ I called her. It’s not even a secret because workers in Giyani had not been paid during December holidays and they called us. That one has collapsed the department of water and sanitation because of her irresponsible social activities‚” Malema told DispatchLive.
In August 2016, Juju also accused the minister of having an improper relationship with ANCYL treasurer, Reggie Nkabinde and favouring him with tenders.
At the time, many discarded Malema’s allegations while others described him as South Africa’s favourite underdog, especially after he boldly opened up about Nkandla debacle – which subsequently emerged as truth.
But the minister, alongside Nkabinde, promised not to pursue legal actions against the EFF bulldog irrespective of the baseless allegation.