The Burundian woman who was illegally smuggled into the country by Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was in a relationship with the minister’s son, according to a report.
The Sunday Times reports that Michelle Wege, who was brought into South Africa by Mapisa-Nqakula without without the appropriate documents, was going to marry the minister’s late son, Chumani, who was stabbed to death in October last year. Responding to reports that her son was romantically involved with Wege, the minister accused the newspaper of making the allegation knowing full well that her son would not be able to comment.
Mapisa-Nqakula admitted to the newspaper that she did indeed assist Wege to get into the country in 2014, yet claimed the report was malicious. The minister used a state jet to retrieve Wege who was arrested at Kinshasa airport in the Democratic Republic of Congo for trying to board a flight to South Africa with illegal documents.
Mapisa-Nqakula said she had not been given enough time to respond to the allegations and expressed disappointment, adding that she was hurt by the report, considering that she’d shared the circumstances surrounding her going to Wege’s rescue.
Speaking to the newspaper, the minister said she’d helped Wege to escape Burundi because she was being abused by her father.
However, when questioned by the Sunday Times, Wege’s father, Laurent, denied allegations that he abused his daughter.
“I came to South Africa twice while Michelle was with her [Mapisa-Nqakula] and I stayed at the minister’s house,” Wege’s father said. “I lived with them in the house. They never brought up that issue.” He accused the minister of using his daughter to blackmail him.
“Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has shown disregard for the rule of law embodied in the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 as well as the Executive Code of Ethics, designed to hold the members of the executive accountable and to ensure that good governance, clean governance prevails above personal interest of self-enrichment,” the party said in a statement last week.
Source: Sunday Times