Ministers’ flights queried

2012-03-06 09:15

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen have taken more flights since 2010 than their counterparts in international relations.

The two spent R2.6 million on 345 domestic and international flights since 2010, The Star reported today.

That is 186 more flights than the minister and deputy minister of international relations and cooperation.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and her two deputies, Marius Fransman and Ebrahim Ebrahim, took a combined total of 159 domestic and international flights during the same period, said DA member of Parliament Winston Rabotapi, according to the daily publication.

In a reply in Parliament to questions by Rabotapi, Mbalula said that since April 1 2010 Oosthuizen spent R1.1 million on 105 flights, including 29 international at a cost of R806 293. Mbalula spent R747 410 on 16 international flights.

Rabotapi has asked that the chairperson of the committee on sport call Mbalula and Oosthuizen to explain their travel expenses.

He also intends asking Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the purpose and necessity of the flights, The Star reported. 

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