DA vows to unearth luxury costs

2011-10-31 22:54

kalahari.com

  • The Da Vinci Method
    Break Out & Express Your Fire. Discover and master the fiery temperament shared by great leaders. Now R311.00
    buy now
Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance has accused government of trying to hide the cost of ministers staying in hotels.

The DA was determined to find out how much public money national ministers were spending on staying at luxury hotels, spokesperson Ena van Schalkwyk said on Monday.

"But it is apparent that the government is equally determined to stop us," she said in a statement.

The DA had submitted parliamentary questions to each minister requesting details of the hotels they had stayed in and at what cost to the public purse.

Some, like Agriculture, Forestry, and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson had already answered.

Others were refusing to answer. Of the 11 parliamentary replies ministers had sent through so far, five had refused to provide details of the cost, citing security concerns.

They were Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, and former public service and administration minister Richard Baloyi.

Bogus excuse


"Citing security concerns is obviously bogus. There is no way that revealing the cost of expenditure on luxury accommodation could compromise a minister's security," Van Schalkwyk said.

"We don't want to know where ministers are staying tomorrow; we want to know what they spent on hotels in the past."

This growing tendency to hide ministerial spending behind a security facade should be stopped in its tracks.

Government is accountable to Parliament and the public.

Ministers who refused to answer parliamentary questions, no matter how embarrassing the answers, were violating their obligation to transparency and accountability.

Van Schalkwyk said the DA would approach National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu, requesting that he compel the ministers to answer the DA's parliamentary questions on their hotel spending.

"It is a reasonable question that demands a reasonable answer," she said.
- SAPA
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
10 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Movies
Traffic & Train Alerts
Traffic
Newlands 18:02 PM
Road name: M3 Southbound

DELAYS approaching the Rhodes Avenue exit

Stellenbosch 18:01 PM
Road name: R304 Northbound

DELAYS towards Bottelary Road

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Jobs in Western Cape region

Scrum Master

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
GT Recruitment
R25 000 - R35 000 Per Month

Job: Interactive Web Designer / Developer, Digital Agency, Cape Town, R12k -R20k

Cape Town
Initiate International
R12 000 - R20 000 Per Month

Product Owner

Cape Town Northern Suburbs
Navy Blue Suits
R40 000 - R45 000 Per Month

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Deal of the Week!

Get bestselling John Green novels now just R99 each! Hurry and get yours while stocks last. Shop here.

Mind blowing deals on beauty & fragrances

Save up to 30% off beauty and fragrances. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 50% off hair care products!

Save up to 50% on professional hair care products at kalahari.com. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off academic books

Score a mind blowing 30% off academic books! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Social media is pulling you in and you have the desire to find out everything you know about your friends and you have the urge to...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.