Former Minister Contradicts Herself at South African Commission

Nomvula Mokonyane has made her second appearance before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into state capture. During her first testimony, the former minister denied receiving U.S.$3400 a month from Bosasa, a company specialising in providing services to government, most notably prison services and allegedly tied to state capture activities. Mokonyane also denied having an extravagant 50th birthday party at the Victorian Guest House in Krugersdorp paid for by Bosasa, as alleged by former Bosasa chief Angelo Agrizzi. However, during her latest appearance, Mokonyane claimed an affidavit submitted by the owner of the Victorian Guest House, Frederick Coetzee, which gave evidence stating he had catered for 174 guests at his establishment for Mokonyane's 40th birthday party, themed as a "break a leg" party, jogged her memory of the event. Mokonyane also submitted an affidavit to the Commission clarifying that her 50th birthday party was not held there, but it was the venue for her 40th birthday party in 2003, which was a surprise party she had not been told about beforehand. The commission also heard from Advocate Hermione Cronje of the National Prosecuting Authority who said the state capture networks being confronted by the commission go back decades and need to be understood.

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Former minister Nomvula Mokonyane (file photo).

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