Joemat-Pettersson rubbishes kickback claim

The minister allegedly received a R100,000 cut in an R18 million deal back in 2006.

The minister allegedly received a R100,000 cut in an R18 million deal back in 2006. Picture: Sapa

CAPE TOWN - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson on Monday denied claims she received a kickback from a game farm sale.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, the minister received a R100,000 cut in an R18 million deal back in 2006.

She reportedly received the money for her efforts to help close a deal for the purchase of a lodge for disadvantaged women in the Northern Cape.

Joemat-Pettersson was an MEC at the time.

The minister's spokesperson Palesa Mokomele rubbished the allegations.

"The minister refutes all the claims that were made by the _Sunday Times _yesterday. These are unsubstantiated claims and they are regrettable. There's been no kickback that was received by the minister. That's completely untrue."

Mokomele added Joemat-Pettersson would cooperate with any probe into the matter.

"She has no knowledge of investigations that are underway, but she will fully cooperate and support any investigation."

According to the paper, Joemat-Pettersson and the lawyer who facilitated the deal, Monica du Toit, are the focus of an investigation by the Asset Forfeiture Unit and the Special Investigation Unit.