Nomvula Mokonyane, minister in the cabinet rubbished claims that she owns a certain property worth R40 million in the suburb of Sandhurst‚ Johannesburg.
The EFF had on Wednesday, released a report showing the water and Sanitation minister Mokonyane allegedly allowed “a certain individual” with whom she has a “personal relationship” to influence department programmes, procurement processes and spending.
In a letter the party sent to the minister, the party asked her questions related to the named individual and whether or not he has any influence over her department.
The party also claimed she owns a certain property worth R40 million in the suburb of Sandhurst‚ Johannesburg.
With that, the Minister was asked to state whether or not she knows the said individual and if she has a “personal relationship” with him that allegedly enables him to influence the goings-on in her department.
The Fighters wanted to know how many times the minister has met this individual. Check Out the EFF questions as attached below.
— Floyd Shivambu (@FloydShivambu) February 8, 2017
Giving a reply to the letter, minister Mokonyane’s office referred to the claims by the EFF as “an implied allegation” which has no base.
“The Office of the Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nomvula Mokonyane, yesterday received a letter from the Chief-Whip of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), Mr Floyd Shivambu, which has subsequently been leaked via social media to the public and to the media” the office stated late Wednesday night
Her office also responded to the EFF questions, saying the minister has formally responded to the chief-whip of the EFF and for public record wishes to state the individual referred to is neither in the employ of the department or any of its entities and as such, is in no way involved in the operational and decision-making processes of the department.
“Equally, the minister has declared all her assets and interests including properties as required by the Register of Members Interests and owns no such a property.
“The allegations, as implied are aimed at tarnishing the name and good image of the minister with an intention to distract her from her responsibilities for nefarious political ends.” Mokonyane stated rejecting the allegations “as unfounded, without factual basis.”
The minister refuses to be intimidated by such actions for the benefit of EFF financial and political interests and those whose financial fortunes they seek to bolster by such action, added the statement.
Minister Nomvula Mokonyane was appointed on May 25, 2014 in the cabinet of South Africa under Jacob Zuma.
As the former Premier of Gauteng province, she was replaced by ANC Secretary David Makhura in May 2014.
Mokonyane is also, the Honorary President of SA-China People’s Friendship Association.