Amend Ministerial Handbook – Madonsela

2011-09-28 13:17

Public Protector Thuli Madonsela has recommended that the Ministerial Handbook be amended to set standards relating to ministerial accommodation.

The recommendation is contained in her report on a probe into allegations that Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa spent more than R700 000 at two five-star luxury hotels in Durban.

There was no evidence that Mthethwa had influenced the arrangements regarding his accommodation at the Table Bay and Durban Hilton hotels, Madonsela said in releasing her findings at a National Press Club briefing in Pretoria today.

She said the R734 448 spent at the hotels by Mthethwa and his staff was unreasonably high, but there were no clear guidelines in the Ministerial Handbook on what constituted a reasonable tariff.

Mthethwa had stayed in the hotels while his official residence was being renovated. His staff had made the arrangements for his stay.

Madonsela suggested that recommended tariffs for ministers be published twice a year.

She said no action should be taken against Mthethwa as he had not breached the Executive Members Ethics Act 82 of 1998.

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