Minister’s mystery trip: angry father hits back

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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s late son was romantically involved with the Burundi woman she smuggled into South Africa on an air force jet.

In an exclusive interview with the Sunday Times this week businessman Laurent Wege claimed his daughter Michelle was planning to marry Chumani, who was stabbed to death in October last year.This claim was supported by four other sources, two of them close to the minister’s family.

Wege also lifted the lid on a business relationship with the minister gone sour, and denied Mapisa-Nqakula’s claims that she had “rescued” Michelle from being abused by him, contradicting the reasons Mapisa-Nqakula gave the Sunday Times last week.

Michelle flew to South Africa on Mapisa-Nqakula’s state jet in January 2014 after being arrested in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for trying to board a plane to South Africa on a false passport. Mapisa-Nqakula claimed she had come to Michelle’s aid because she was being abused by her father, and because she was good friends with her children.

She has denied she flew there specifically to fetch Michelle.

Read the full story in the Sunday Times

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