Central Energy Fund chief Makasi talks of legal action against accusers
Central Energy Fund chairman Luvo Makasi, the man accused of influencing the awarding and payment of contracts in the Department of Water and Sanitation, is considering legal action against the accusers.
Makasi briefed reporters on Tuesday about his relationship with the department and its minister, Nomvula Mokonyane, claiming that he had nothing but a professional relationship with both and provided legal services to a number of water boards.
Makasi is also an attorney and director at law firm Boqwana Burns Inc, which he said had been providing legal advice.
He denied allegations he had a romantic relationship with Mokonyane.
"I will reiterate that I have a professional relationship with the Department of Water and Sanitation and the honourable minister by virtue of my position as an attorney and legal adviser," Makasi said.
"In that context, I have on a number of occasions officially met and engaged with the minister, deputy minister and other officials of the Department of Water and Sanitation in respect of issues related to the department’s mandate."
EFF chief whip Floyd Shivambu wrote this month to Mokonyane, requesting her response to allegations that Makasi, was responsible for approving payments for contracts in the department despite him not being an employee.
Shivambu put eight questions to Mokonyane about whether she knew Makasi, whether she had referred any queries about payment for contracts to him and whether the department had been taken to court over nonpayment of contracts.
He asked whether the minister had a personal relationship with Makasi, which allowed him to interfere with operations in her department.
Mokonyane has also denied the allegations.
This is not the first time Mokonyane has come under scrutiny for contract and tender irregularities.
Makasi on Tuesday claimed the allegations were intended to "malign and discredit" himself and department.