Chopper ride: DA still wants Dhlomo’s answer

2012-12-12 00:00

THE Democratic Alliance is still pursuing the matter of KZN Health MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo’s helicopter trip to Hlabisa in Zululand.

The party sent a dossier of ethics violations to Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for investigation. Dhlomo came under fire for the trip and for leaving Durban with an emergency helicopter. He later reported to Parliament that he had a community emergency to attend to.

In a letter to Madonsela, the party suggests that it may be helpful for her to consult with the Red Cross CEO Phillip Erasmus and the KZN Health Department to establish the circumstances surrounding the call-out of the helicopter, and the Civil Aviation Authorities on the flight plan.

KZN Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize welcomed Dhlomo’s explanation.

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