Did army boss take R100 000 flight? Minister won’t answer

2014-08-28 10:06

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The minister of defence has refused to answer a question in Parliament over a claim that R100 000 was spent on a first-class air ticket for the head of the South African National Defence Force.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly yesterday, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said she considered it a follow-up to a previous question on oversight, and would not answer it, Beeld reported.

The Democratic Alliance had referred to a trip General Solomon Shoke took to Malaysia with Emirates, and had asked what Mapisa-Nqakula was doing to keep costs down and to stay in line with a national treasury directive forbidding first-class flights.

DA MP David Maynier submitted that Shoke’s flight showed that the department was its own enemy and wasted millions of rand, even though it was in trouble.

When Mapisa-Nqakula refused to answer, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen objected and said it was not up to her to decide whether she was going to answer a question or not.

Mapisa-Nqakula eventually said: “Yes there are cost saving measures.”

The DA said on Monday it would ask the auditor-general to investigate the flight issue.

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