Sport minister's flights queried

By Drum Digital
06 March 2012

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula and his deputy Gert Oosthuizen have taken more flights since 2010 than their counterparts in international relations, The Star reported on Tuesday.

They spent R2.6 million on 345 domestic and international flights since 2010.

That is 186 more flights than the minister and deputy minister of international relations and co-operation.

International Relations and Co-operation 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 Democratic Alliance MP Winston Rabotapi, according to the 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 chairman of the committee on sport call Mbalula and Oosthuizen to explain their travel expenses.

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

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