SOUTH AFRICAN CABINET MINISTER DENIES KICKBACK CLAIM

PRETORIA– South African Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has described allegations published by the Sunday Times newspaper about a 4.5 million Rand (about 345,ooo US dollars) “kickback” being sought by him as “ridiculous and a malicious fabrication”.

According to the newspaper, Mkhize is allegedly seeking a 4.5 million-Rand kickback or facilitation fee for a loan granted to a company called Afric Oil by the Public Investment Corporation.

”I have never facilitated the said loan negotiations nor have I sought any ‘facilitation fee’ from the said company. It is extremely unacceptable and mischievous for my name to be dragged into a matter that I have nothing to do with in this manner,” the Minister said.

He added that he was seeking legal advice.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK