Mokonyane’s alleged lover denies EFF’s accusations: ‘I’m not a ‘Ben 10′ to anyone’
GENEVIEVE QUINTAL | 2017-02-22 06:43:43.0
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: Central Energy Fund chairman Luvo Makasi addresses journalists on allegations that he is romantically linked to Water and Sanitation Minister Nomvula Mokonyane and calls the shots in her department even though he is not in its employ
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Central Energy Fund chairman Luvo Makasi, accused of influencing the awarding and payment of contracts in the Department of Water and Sanitation and labelled the minister’s “Ben 10”, is contemplating legal action against his accusers.
Yesterday Makasi spoke about his relationship with both the department and Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, claiming he had nothing but a professional relationship with them. He said he had also provided legal services to a number of water boards.
Makasi is an attorney and director at law firm Boqwana Burns Inc.
He also denied allegations that he had a romantic relationship with Mokonyane amid accusations by the EFF that he was her “Ben 10” or young lover.
Makasi claimed that the allegations, contained in a Sunday newspaper article, were intended to “malign and discredit” him and the department.
Mokonyane has also denied the allegations.
“I will reiterate that I have a professional relationship with the Department of Water and Sanitation and the honourable minister by virtue of my position as an attorney and legal adviser,” Makasi said.
“In that context, I have on a number of occasions officially met and engaged with the minister, deputy minister and other officials of the Department of Water and Sanitation in respect of issues related to the department’s mandate.”
Earlier this month EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu wrote to Mokonyane requesting that she responds to allegations that Makasi was responsible for approving payments for contracts in the department despite him not being an employee.
Shivambu put eight questions to Mokonyane about whether she knew Makasi, whether she had referred any queries about payment for contracts to him and whether the department had been taken to court over nonpayment of contracts.
He also asked whether the minister had a personal relationship with Makasi, which allowed him to interfere with operations in her department.