The Minister of Water and Sanitation Nomvula Mokonyane has denied allegations levelled at her by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), which suggest that she may have allowed “a certain individual” with whom she has a “personal relationship” to influence department programmes, procurement processes and spending.
On Wednesday the EFF posted on Twitter the letter it sent to Mokonyane, a member of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC). In the letter the EFF asks the minister questions related to the named individual and whether or no he has any influence over her department.
Responding to the allegations, Mokonyane’s office said in a statement late Wednesday night: “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 minister’s office said the letter implied that “a certain individual, with a close relationship with the Minister, is influencing departmental programmes, procurement processes and spending; and that the minister is the owner of a certain property worth R40 million in the suburb of Sandhurst, Johannesburg”.
The EFF also asks in its letter if Mokonyane 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 party asks how many times the minister has met this individual.
Responding to the questions Mokonyane’s office said: “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’s office said the minister rejects the allegations “as unfounded, without factual basis and 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”.