FORMER environmental affairs minister Nomvula Mokonyane has been criticised by pastors and traditional experts.

This after she spoke at the memorial service of former Bosasa CEO Gavin Watson in Roodepoort, west of Joburg, on Friday.

Traditional experts said Mokonyane was still in mourning after the passing of her husband Serge and shouldn’t be speaking in public, especially at funerals.

“The inzilo (black clothes she was wearing) is supposed to be respected. In African culture, a person wearing inzilo doesn’t appear on public podiums.

“If she’s forced to be in public, she shows the highest level of respect by staying put,” said cultural expect Mdima Kubheka.

Mtimande Ngwenya told Daily Sun in public transport people wearing inzilo sat in the back seat and kept quiet.

Pastors also condemned Mokonyane for what she said. They said comparing Watson to Jesus was wrong.

“The Bible doesn’t allow us to talk about Jesus’ name however we like,” said Moses Sotobe from Orlando East, Soweto.

During the memorial service, Mokonyane said the media never loved Watson just like Jesus Christ who was persecuted yet was sent on Earth to come in and become a symbol of faith and a symbol of pain,” she said.

At the Zondo Commission, ex-Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi accused Watson of illegally benefitting from tenders.

Agrizzi testified at the commission that Mokonyane received bribes in cash and chicken braai packs from Watson…Continue Reading

By Ian Dei

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