Mokonyane denies Bosasa took her son to rehab on her request

The former Cabinet minister on Monday concluded her testimony at the state capture commission where she claimed her other son, who passed on, was persecuted by the media.

A screengrab of Nomvula Mokonyane giving testimony at the Zondo Commision on 20 July 2020. Picture: SABC

JOHANNESBURG - Former Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane on Monday said that Bosasa didn’t take her son to a rehabilitation programme because of her, but because he was picked up on the streets.

Mokonyane concluded her testimony at the state capture commission where she claimed that her other son, who passed on, was persecuted by the media.

She said that former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi was confusing her two sons, and that showed that he didn’t know her family.

Mokonyane answered to allegations by Agrizzi that she received money, food, alcohol, and help from the corruption-accused facilities management company.

Mokonyane wants to cross-examine Agrizzi and the commission’s chairperson, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, said that her legal team could file an application for leave to cross-examine.

But Mokonyane couldn’t hold back her tears as she recalled how her children suffered because of her being included in Agrizzi’s testimony.

“My son, who has passed on, had nothing to do with drugs, in fact, he had challenges of being persecuted by the media and being chased around just for him being an ordinary child and now being labeled as Nomvula’s son,” Mokonyane said.

She denied that she had any hand in her son being taken by Bosasa to rehabilitation.

“Chairperson, my son was part of a group of young people who were picked up on the streets of this country and taken into rehabilitation. They arranged to take him to a place away from drug lords and those that continued to use him. And that’s how Africa ended-up in rehab, and he in fact presented himself,” she said.

Mokonyane maintained that Agrizzi had never been to her house to deliver money, food, alcohol or to supervise security work as he claimed.


Meanwhile, Mokonyane said that it was a lie that she was paid to influence the Hawks and the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to drop investigations into Bosasa.

Among the most damning allegations made by Agrizzi was that Mokonyane was paid R50,000 every month to quash Hawks investigations into Bosasa corruption.

But the former minister denied the claims.

“In so far as Angelo Agrizzi is saying about my influence and the arrangements with Advocate [Nomgcobo] Jiba and Anwa Dramat, I’ve never had that kind of relationship [with them],” Mokonyane said.

Mokonyane presented a statement by a former Bosasa staffer who said she was employed because of Agrizzi and was fired because of a fallout between Agrizzi and the late Gavin Watson.

Mokonyane said that she suspected Agrizzi made her a casualty of that fallout by destroying her character. And she wanted him to explain why he was telling lies about her.

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