Mzilikazi Wa Afrika: Minister Mapisa-Nqakula begged me not to publish the story

The circumstances around Minister Mapisa-Nqakula's decision to allow a Burundian woman to accompany her on an official flight remain unclear.

Mapisa-Nqakula is alleged to have taken a detour to Democratic Republic of Congo to pick up the woman before proceeding to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for an African Union meeting.

702/Cape Talk's Redi Tlhabi spoke to Head of Ministerial Services, Mike Ramagona, regarding the matter.

Listen to the interview below:

The Sunday Times wrote the story before they talked to the minister. The interview with the minister indicated the circumstances in which it happened.

Mike Ramagoma, Head of Ministerial Services for Defence Ministry

Her passport was confiscated when she was in Burundi. When she was released in the Congo, she had copies of her travelling documents.

Mike Ramagoma, Head of Ministerial Services for Defence Ministry

This is a person in distress... You can approach the embassy for assistance as long as you're able to provide proof as to who you are. You are not necessarily expected that you'll always have your documents.

Mike Ramagoma, Head of Ministerial Services for Defence Ministry

In her response to the matter, Mapisa-Nqakula has accussed the media of twisting the facts.

We are dealing here with a young person who has been living from country to country. She has been living with foster parents and refugee homes and someone trying to survive an abusive life.

Mike Ramagoma, Head of Ministerial Services for Defence Ministry

Sunday Times journalist, Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, has called the explanation, and alleges that the minister's staff gathered at her house to devise a plan to spin the story before it was published.

It was the minister who begged us not to publish the story and asked us to postpone it for another week.

Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Sunday Times journalist

The fact she [the Burundian woman] was arrested and kept in detention in DRC for more than 10 days means that she has broken some kind of law.

Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Sunday Times journalist

The Minister was supposed to go to Addis Ababa to attend an AU then she decided to take a detour to go via DRC.

Mzilikazi Wa Afrika, Sunday Times journalist

The fact that she went to Burundi to pick her up is a problem because that is taxpayers' money.

Mzilakazi Wa Afrika, Sunday Times journalist

702 welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the 702 community a safe and welcoming space for all.

702 reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

702 is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

Tips on how to do your best as a step parent

Clinical psychologist Jeanie Cave says step parents have good intentions but are frustrated because their role is not clear.

Debate: Are monarchs outdated or still relevant?

Debate: Are monarchs outdated or still relevant?

Eusebius McKaiser holds a panel discussion on weather monarchs should be sponsored by the state in a democratic South Africa.

[LISTEN] US researchers' major breakthrough with lab-grown stem cells

[LISTEN] US researchers' major breakthrough with lab-grown stem cells

The Naked Scientist Chris Smith spoke to Eusebius about the new findings that could alleviate the wait for bone marrow donors.

Do you hide your kinks and fantasies? Exploring sexuality authenticity disorder

Do you hide your kinks and fantasies? Exploring sexuality authenticity disorder

Do you keep your sexual desires a big secret? Clinical sexologist Dr Eve unpacks why sexual dishonesty is practiced in the bedroom.

10 things millennials will never fully grasp (and many other flashbacks)

10 things millennials will never fully grasp (and many other flashbacks)

Remember a time before Wifi or dial up internet? How did folks do it? Old school listeners take a trip down memory lane.

Suits and Sneakers gives future leaders access to (free) entrepreneurial skills

Suits and Sneakers gives future leaders access to (free) entrepreneurial skills

The conference platform hosts various events and is committed to information sharing, networking and bridging the learning gap.

Popular articles
Pick n Pay's magnificent 7 errors with Super Animals cards

Pick n Pay's magnificent 7 errors with Super Animals cards

Pick n Pay has been alerted by customers to errors on the latest Super Animals cards.

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

So what exactly is radical economic transformation?

Wits associate professor of economics Christopher Malikane speaks to Azania Mosaka about the term that is being bandied about.

Budget 2017: DA hoped for spending cuts, not tax increases

Budget 2017: DA hoped for spending cuts, not tax increases

The DA believes that raising taxes is not the answer to South Africa's economic woes and propose more cost-cutting for government.

Meet self-made millionaire (net worth – R400m!) property mogul Sisa Ngebulana

Meet self-made millionaire (net worth – R400m!) property mogul Sisa Ngebulana

How did Ngebulana build his empire? The Money Show’s Bruce Whitfield interviewed him for his weekly “ShapeShifter” feature.

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Earn peanuts? How to best invest very small amounts...

Got a spare R200 or R300 a month? Here’s how to make that money work hard and grow…

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

It's not the end of the road... Top tips to improve your matric

"Recognise that it’s not the end, it’s the beginning." Expert advise for school-leavers who want to improve their results.

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

Who is Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi?

The EFF lawyer stole the show during the state capture report court battle.

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

3 easy questions could bag you R2000!

WIN R2000! But only if you can prove you're a whiz of the MTN Biz Quiz by answering the following three questions...

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Blesserfinder: Matching you with a sugar daddy near you

Is social trend Blesserfinder, where girls are allegedly matching up with rich 'benefactors' in exchange for sex, a real thing?

5 reasons why the tourism industry is sceptical about the latest numbers

5 reasons why the tourism industry is sceptical about the latest numbers

The tourism industry is questioning the veracity of the surprisingly upbeat tourism figures and the timing of their release.