South Africa’s Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who jumped into a vicious circle – after it emerged that she smuggled a Burundian into the country has asked appropriate authorities to probe her conduct.
The minister’s courageous step is coming days after she was accused of violating her oath of office, Executive Members Ethics Act, the Immigration Act, and the Defence Act for personal benefit by smuggling a 28-year-old Burundian woman into the country.
Replying to critics via a statement on May 22, the minister rather claimed that she only helped facilitate Michelle Wege’s release from a jail in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and had her flown to South Africa so she could escape a life of abuse.
Reports had it that the Burundian woman, Michelle Wege, was allegedly smuggled into the country on an Air Force jet with a false passport.
However, after much ado, a shocking truth emerged. BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that Mapisa-Nqakula’s late son, Chumani Nqakula, and Michelle were two lovebirds and were in a romantic relationship before the sudden demise of Chumani.
The validity of the shocking truth was also confirmed by Michelle’s father, Laurent Wege, who revealed that his daughter was engaged to Mapisa-Nqakula’s late son.
In addition, the Burundian man’s claim was also 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.
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Takes A Bold Step
So, having learnt that the latter allegations and claims that helping Wege amounted to an abuse of state resources, the minister called on appropriate authorities to have her investigated.
Speaking via a statement on Friday, the minister said, “Although I know that this will be a difficult journey for all involved, I nevertheless believe it’ll be in the interest of my responsibility and duty to be accountable to the people of South Africa whom I serve.”
In addition, Mapisa-Nqakula said she would welcome an investigation by the public protector’s office as well.
Meanwhile, the ANC Women’s League expressed shock on Thursday at the twisted facts and insensitive reports about the Burundian woman.
“The league’s secretary-general Meokgo Matuba said “we cannot turn a blind eye and pretend we are not aware of the high levels of sexual and physical abuse against women in many African countries, which should be a cause for concern.”
Meanwhile, the DA has laid charges against Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for “committing an offence under section 49(2) of the Defence Act”.
DA MP Kobus Marais said the circumstances around the offence included breaking other laws.
“While the minister may claim to have good intentions; it simply cannot be condoned that she broke the law, which as minister of defence and a previous MP at the time the law was passed, she could not reasonably have not had full knowledge of,” he said.