Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula should be prosecuted for flouting the law after allegedly smuggling a foreign national with a false passport into South Africa on a state jet‚ the Democratic Alliance says.
The Sunday Times reported that Mapisa-Nqakula had conceded that she flew from Waterkloof Air Force Base to the Democratic Republic of Congo to collect a 28-year-old Burundian woman who had been arrested for falsifying travel documents.
The documents were allegedly organised by Mapisa-Nqakula’s sister who worked in the Burundi embassy at the time.
The newspaper reported that the defiant minister insisted she saw nothing wrong with what she did and that she would do it again.
Responding to the report on Sunday‚ DA spokesman on defence matters Kobus Marais said Mapisa-Nqakula had shown disregard for the rule of law embodied in the Immigration Act 13 of 2002 as well as the Executive Code of Ethics‚ designed to hold members of the executive accountable and to ensure that good and clean governance prevailed above personal interest and self-enrichment.
“The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has a duty to prosecute the Minister for violating Section 49 (2) of the Immigration Act. Failing which the NPA head‚ Adv Shaun Abrahams‚ must make public the record of decision not to prosecute‚” Marais added.