Cope calls on Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to step down

The defence minister helped Michelle Wege escape detention in the DRC, where she was arrested.

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JOHANNESBURG - The Congress of the People (Cope) has called on Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula to resign for violating the Constitution.

Mapisa-Nqakula allegedly smuggled a Burundian woman with a false passport into South Africa on an Air Force jet.

The Sunday Times at the weekend said the minister conceded that she flew from Waterkloof Air Force Base to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to fetch Michelle Wege, who had been detained by officials at Kinshasa International Airport.

The minister is denying she abused her power and says she would do it again, if she had to.

Cope's Dennis Bloem says she should step down.

"The [position of] the minister of defence is a very serious position. She must uphold the Constitution. If she is smuggling people in and out of South Africa, how can we say we're safe here?"