Durban – The Democratic Alliance (DA) spokesperson on State capture, Natasha Mazzone, said on Tuesday that she would be laying criminal charges against Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, following incriminating testimony at the Zondo Commission of Inquiry.
"It is clear that Minister Mokonyane played a central role in aiding and abetting the capture of our state and she cannot be trusted to serve in the best interests of the people," Mazzone said.
The commission heard damning testimony from former Bosasa chief operations officer-cum-whistleblower, Angelo Agrizzi, on Monday in which he accused Mokonyane of taking bribes from the company to secure tenders and stave off potential investigations into Bosasa.
Agrizzi alleged Mokonyane received, among other things, R50 000 per month from Bosasa between 2002 -- when she was Gauteng member of the executive council (MEC) for safety and security -- until he left the company in 2016. He alleged that the bribes were paid at the request of Bosasa boss Gavin Watson, who believed Mokonyane had enough political clout to benefit the company.
Agrizzi also revealed that Mokonyane, the then head of the African National Congress' (ANC's) 2016 election campaign, allegedly accepted cash contributions related to her party's Siyanqoba Rally at Ellis Park in July 2016.