On November 27 2017, during my term as the then minister of water & sanitation, I attended an interview with Justice Malala on The Justice Factor, a television show focusing on political news broadcast on a weekly basis on the eNCA television network. There I made a statement concerning Trevor Manuel relating to the affairs of the Umgeni Water board, which I now wish to correct.
Manuel issued a court process arising from the statement I made against him. However, on April 4 2018, during the funeral of the late comrade Winnie Mandela, Manuel and I had an opportunity to discuss the matter and I agreed to tender an unconditional apology for misstatements I had made.
In particular, I hereby unconditionally issue a retraction of the statements made during the aforesaid interview, and state as the true state of affairs the following:
Manuel had not written any letter to myself as the then minister of water & sanitation regarding affairs of the board of Umgeni Water;
Manuel had not attempted to influence and/or manipulate the appointment of any directors to the board of Umgeni Water; and
The statements I made during the interview were therefore incorrect and are hereby unreservedly withdrawn with sincere apologies to Manuel.
The correspondence I referred to was in fact received from Future Growth Asset Managers, a firm that held bonds in Umgeni Water Board at the time.
I trust this concludes and settles the matter in line with the spirit and consensus reached in the North Gauteng High Court regarding this matter.
Nomvula P Mokonyane
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