Cope MP apologises for SAA incident

2012-10-19 09:26
Dirk Feldman (File, Sapa)

Dirk Feldman (File, Sapa)

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Johannesburg - An ad hoc multiparty disciplinary committee has ordered Congress of the People MP Dirk Feldman to apologise for a drunken incident on a flight to India, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that Feldman apologised unconditionally to the National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu, the National Council of Provinces - particularly chairperson Mninwa Mahlangu - and Cope leader Mosiuoa Lekota on Thursday.

"I've learnt a hard lesson not to drink alcohol with medication," Feldman said.

He was also ordered to repay Parliament the R4 815 allowance he received for the week-long trip to India in July, during which he attempted, while intoxicated, to open an exit as the plane was in flight.

Feldman pleaded guilty to the charges.

The paper reported that it had emerged during the disciplinary hearing that Feldman drank whiskey after taking a sleeping tablet and a headache pill, and the combination hit him "very hard".

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