Mokonyane asks ANC to rethink her deployment

Staff Writer | May 23, 2019
Controversial former minister Nomvula Mokonyane has decided not to take up the parliamentary post the African National Congress (ANC) slated her for.

On Monday, the ANC announced after its National Executive Committee meeting that Mokonyane would take up the position of House Chairperson – but Mokonyane yesterday turned the parliamentary job down. 

The party said in a statement that ‘Comrade Mokonyane has since advised the ANC that due to family responsibilities and her being in mourning currently, she believes she would be unable to diligently and with commitment, fulfil her duties at this stage’.

The statement added: ‘The ANC will in due course redetermine the deployment of a replacement to the position of House Chairperson.’

Mokonyane’s absence from the swearing-in of MPs is due to her still being in mourning following the recent death of her husband.

Opposition parties are likely to welcome her decision, as the Democratic Alliance has already threatened to approach Parliament’s ethics committee.

Mokonyane was most recently the Minister of Environmental Affairs under President Cyril Ramaphosa. She was first appointed to the cabinet in 2014 by former president Jacob Zuma as Minister of Water and Sanitation. She then became Minister of Communication under President Ramaphosa in January 2018. Prior to serving in Cabinet, she was the Premier of Gauteng province between 2009 and 2014. Allegations of corruption, mismanagement and overspending dogged her in respect of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and the merger of the Umgeni and Mhlathuse Water Boards. She hired former South African Airways CEO Dudu Miyeni to oversee the merger.

Former Bosasa COO, Angelo Agrizzi, claimed in evidence before the Zondo Commission that Mokonyane was paid R50 000 a month for years to protect Bosasa from law enforcement agencies.

 

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