Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize says that he'll be seeking legal advice after being linked to an illicit payment for allegedly helping an oil company secure a loan from the Public Investment Corporation (PIC).
The Sunday Times reported that a Johannesburg law firm has named Mkhize in a legal claim against a company called Afric Oil.
According to the report, Mkhize was involved in a R4.5 million deal to help to secure the loan.
However, Mkhize has denied being paid a R4.5 million kickback for facilitating a loan from the PIC to Afric Oil projects.
The Sunday Times reported that Mkhize allegedly agreed to facilitate the loan during a meeting at Luthuli House after the company's initial application was denied.
But his spokesperson Legadima Leso has described these claims as malicious.
“To this effect, the minister will seek legal advice on these malicious allegations made by the newspaper.”
Mkhize has questioned why he's been dragged into a matter which he says he had nothing to do with.