Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s Designer Bags, Weaves & More Allegedly Seized

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s weaves, designer bags, and more have allegedly been seized following a raid at her house.

According to a report by Zimoja, expensive items belonging to Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, including designer bags (including one reportedly worth thousands of rands), expensive weaves, and building materials invoices were reportedly seized in Bruma, Johannesburg. This happened during the raid by law enforcement agencies on Tuesday morning.

The publication writes that the raid happened after businesswoman Nombasa Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu submitted a shocking affidavit against the speaker of the National Assembly after she was offered a Section 204 to be a state witness. Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu, who is an executive at Umkhombe Marine, had admitted to paying bribes and showering the former defence minister with expensive gifts and cash worth more than R5-million from 2017 to 2019.

The gifts included a bear skin, which was bought outside the country and smuggled in through a state jet. The law enforcement agencies searched for it in Mapisa-Nqakula’s house. In her affidavit, Ntsondwa-Ndhlovu told the law enforcement agencies that Mapisa-Nqakula used some of the alleged bribes to buy designer bags and expensive weaves when she went on international trips as a defence minister.

She was expected to turn herself in at the Lyttleton police station in Pretoria on Friday. However, her lawyer, Stephen May, served the National Director of Public Prosecutions, Shamila Batohi, Police Minister Bheki Cele, and the investigators with a 94-page high court interdict.

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