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No word from defence minister as more allegations come to light

Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nakula allegedly smuggled a Burundian woman with a false passport into SA.

FILE: Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Defence Department has declined to comment on reports that a woman smuggled into South Africa on an Air Force jet was apparently in a relationship with Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's late son.

According to the Sunday Times, Michele Wege was planning to marry Chumani Nqakula, who was stabbed to death, allegedly by his friend Carlos Higuera, in Johannesburg last year.

The minister allegedly smuggled the Burundian woman with a false passport into the country.

She claims she was rescuing the 22-year-old woman from an abusive father.

The department is mum on allegations that Mapisa-Nqakula smuggled Wege into the country because she was engaged to her late son.

According to the Sunday Times, the 22-year-old's father, Laurent Wege, claims his daughter flew in the Air Force jet after being arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) for trying to board a plane to South Africa on a false passport in 2014.

The father claims the minister had arranged with her sister, Nosithembele Mapisa, who was the deputy ambassador to Burundi at the time, for his daughter to run away.

It's alleged Mapisa-Nqakula was suspended for her role in assisting the woman source a fake passport, but was later reinstated following political pressure.

The paper also claims the minister says the allegations against her are a well calculated political plot to destroy her reputation.