Zuma meets Mapisa-Nqakula over illegal travel row

By Drum Digital
30 May 2016

President Jacob Zuma has closed ranks around embattled Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula amid ongoing media reports she “smuggled” a foreign national into South Africa.

President Jacob Zuma has closed ranks around embattled Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula amid ongoing media reports she “smuggled” a foreign national into South Africa.   

The Sunday Times first reported Mapisa-Nqakula had flown from Waterkloof Air Force Base to the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect the 28-year-old woman. But Mapisa-Nqakula said she was due to travel to Ethiopia for the 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.

The woman was reportedly arrested for falsifying travel documents that the minister’s sister, who had worked in the Burundian embassy at the time, had arranged for her.

It has also been alleged the woman was in a relationship with Mapisa-Nqakula’s late son, Chumani Nqakula.

The Presidency on Sunday said via a statement that Zuma had engaged with Mapisa-Nqakula about the issue and would not comment on the matter.

The Democratic Alliance’s Kobus Marais decried Mapisa-Nqakula’s handling of the incident.

“I will accordingly write to the Public Protector requesting that she launch an investigation into this matter,” he said.

“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.

Source: News24

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