Minister rejects 'no show' allegations

2011-08-18 21:57
Cape Town - Public Works Minister Gwen Mahlangu-Nkabinde has dismissed the notion of a "no show" on her part at Wednesday's National Assembly public works committee meeting.

"The ministry of public works has noted with concern media reports that suggest that the minister... failed to appear at the meeting of the portfolio committee on public works," it said in a statement on Thursday.

On August 1, Mahlangu-Nkabinde had asked the committee chair for an opportunity to address the committee about Public Protector Thuli Madonsela's report on the SA Police Service lease deals.

Subsequently, upon learning that President Jacob Zuma had "referred the matter" to Speaker Max Sisulu, she again wrote to the committee to tender an apology and request that she not address it on matters related to the report.

"This is to allow the current processes initiated by the speaker of the National Assembly to conclude. Such processes would include formal referral of the public protector's report to the portfolio committee of public works.

"The notion of a 'no show' by the minister which has been suggested from certain quarters is misplaced and an exaggeration aimed at undermining the integrity of the minister as she had in the first place, without being compelled, requested to meet with the committee," the ministry said.
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