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Makhosandile Zulu
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30 Jan 2019
4:32 pm

When Mokonyane spoke, we jumped – Bosasa’s Frans Vorster

Makhosandile Zulu

The former employee says the company hired a vehicle for her daughter over two months in December 2015 and January 2016.

Nomvula Mokonyane. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

A former employee of the controversial facilities management company Bosasa, Frans Vorster, has told the commission of inquiry into state capture on Wednesday that the company hired an Audi A3 for the daughter of now Environmental Affairs Minister Nomvula Mokonyane.

Vorster said the company did this in December 2015 after the minister requested a cabriolet.

The vehicle was hired for two months between December 2015 and January 2016.

Vorster said this was not the first time the company had hired the vehicle for the minister’s daughter.

He said whenever vehicles were hired for Mokonyane it would be ensured that the hired vehicle could not be linked to the minister’s daughter.

He claimed this was done for the minister because he believed Mokonyane had a lot of influence and could “open a lot for doors” for the company’s CEO, Gavin Watson.

He said whenever Mokonyane had to be attended to everybody “had to jump”.

Vorster was informed that he had to drop everything if the minister wanted something because she had influence with previous presidents Thabo Mbeki and Jacob Zuma.

“Gavin Watson [told me that]. It was not a secret, sir, among us seniors,” Vorster told the commission.

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