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Minister's R1.6m luxury hotel stays

2011-10-24 19:05

Cape Town - Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson has spent 174 days of her two years in office staying at luxury hotels in Johannesburg and Cape Town, despite having official residences in both areas.

This came to light on Monday in answers to a parliamentary question by her opposite number, Lourie Bosman, in the Democratic Alliance.

The cost to the taxpayer for the stays has totalled R1.6m, or R1 700 per stay, as Joemat-Pettersson chalked up stays in Peermont D'Oreale Grande Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg, the Hydro Executive Apartments in Johannesburg, and Cape Town luxury hotels the Vineyard and The Table Bay.

Joemat-Pettersson, who is a member of the SA Communist Party, is one of the ministers in government's high court application to have more stringent conditions for the entry of giant US retailer Wal-Mart into the local market.

Wal-Mart, the world's biggest company, has a strict code of conduct for its executives when they travel on corporate business. They have to fly economy class, share hotel rooms and hire the lowest cost vehicles.

Other ministers who have declared themselves hostile to Wal-Mart's entry are Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel and Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

Bosman said: "I feel it is very ironic that Joemat-Pettersson is staying in these high cost hotels while she is opposing the Wal-Mart deal and they set the example on how to keep costs down. I find this all very bizarre."

According to the reply sent by Joemat-Pettersson's office, she spent:

-    36 days, costing R135 000, at the Vineyard Hotel and Spa in Cape Town - July/August 2009;

-    Another 36 days, costing R290 000, at the Peermont D'Oreal Grande Emperor's Palace JHB - Sept/October 2009;

-    28 days, costing R420 000, at the Pure Toys One - June/July 2010.

Expensive stays:

-    R15 000 at the Intercontinental at OR Tambo International - 1 day - January 2010;

-     R24 000 at the Hydro Executive Apartments Johannesburg - 4 days - June 2010;

-    R10 620 at the Intercontinental OR Tambo International - 1 day - April 2011.

The answer then detailed double-booked stays:

-    Having paid to stay at the Vineyard Hotel in Cape Town, she stayed at the Peermont D'Oreal Grande Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg for three nights - 16-19 June 2009

-    Having paid to stay at the Intercontinental at OR Tambo International, she stayed at the 5-star Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town - 12 April 2011

Pretoria stays:

-    Sheraton Pretoria - 3 nights - R15 000 - May 2009;

-    Aluane Town Lodge - 31 days - R35 910 - October 2009;

-    Aluane Town Lodge - 31 days - R41 000 - May-June 2009.

Comments
  • cosmos.ndebele - 2011-10-24 19:19

    And the poor people live in shacks all year!!!

      Dirk - 2011-10-24 19:33

      An absolute disgrace comrade "minister" If I thought that you had any shame, Id tell you to bow your head in it.You are a parasite at the expense of the poor while pretending to be a campaigner for them Siss! But the time is coming. The goose which lays the golden egg, is rapidly dying. SA has just crossed the R 1 Billion debt line.

      BigBoer - 2011-10-24 20:04

      Jail her immediatly. To waste tax money like this is treason, as you are damaging our country

      SimnikiweNtingi - 2011-10-24 20:06

      If Mr president could get rid off all corrupt officials, enhance service delivery and job creation... then tackle racism and "oppression" of other races, I would definitely give him a bells. True story...AYOBA!!! Mr president

      Christo - 2011-10-24 20:09

      We the public, the taxpayers demand that this matter be investigated and necessary steps be taken against this individual.

      adrien.mcguire - 2011-10-24 21:26

      What an absolute disgrace !!!! Despite the unacceptable cost of each stay, she has official houses in each city. She should be fired IMMEDIATELY and the money recovered. I am astounded that as a member of the SA communist party, she is so extravagent. Doesnt this fly in the face of communism or is this a case as mentioned in the book Animal Farm "some people are more equal than others " ?

      Levett - 2011-10-24 22:32

      Fire her ass as well

  • rowen.loretz - 2011-10-24 19:24

    Zuma , please fire this minister as well PLEASE!!!

  • sarah.palser - 2011-10-24 19:24

    So what now? do we just let it slide or does she actually have to pay the money back? I'm getting so annoyed at all these HUGE amounts being corrupted away and no one seems to have to actually have to pay them back... or am I just missing that part?

      Craig - 2011-10-24 19:31

      Most of SA will want the monies and her 2 houses back, but history shows she will get a smack on the hand and a new department to bleed dry...

  • Jackie - 2011-10-24 19:24

    hawu people! thuli madonsela needs her rest too. she is easily the most overworked person in south africa. here's another one for you thuli, dont worry, we will understand the day you decide to take a holiday. methinks it will not be anytime soon though, with so many shenanigans taking place in this government of ours. i hope you dont burn out... i pray for you.

  • Gary - 2011-10-24 19:25

    Come stay at my guest house maam, R400 a night and maybe, just maybe, with the savings to the tax payer, you can build 100 houses for the poor, with some change

      vanetia.mentor - 2011-10-24 20:12

      hi gary.where's yr guest house?if u outside cpt then let me knw...one never knws when we may need a place to stay when all the hotels r fully bookd..or beyond my budget..

  • Alfred - 2011-10-24 19:26

    Our expectations of the incompetent criminal filth in government are so low I don't think anyone will be even vaguely surprised by this. Then again I suppose it might be mildly amusing hearing how the media and the DA are "racist" for pointing it out.

      Shadho - 2011-10-24 23:10

      If only the population knew just what is going on at DAFF. You will be horrified/mortified. The amount of NON compliant products flooding the RSA market is reprehensible to say the least. Many are life threatening to say the least. DAFF WILL also NOT advise the public. They state they don't have resources. Human or otherwise to control it and NOW THIS. Was another Minister not dismissed today for similar reasons or at least one of the major reasons he was dismissed?? Well surprise the Minister and her department and colluding the Department of Health are facing a R400 Million rand claim which is registered with the NCC/CPA. A complaint is also about to raised with the Public Protector's office against both divisions. If necessary against the DTI as well whom administers the NCC/CPA. Should they NOT intervene immediately.

  • Coen - 2011-10-24 19:27

    So much for communism... OBVIOUSLY her party membership was just a means to an end like ALL the other politicians.... Spend my money wisely you b@stard$

  • Johan - 2011-10-24 19:27

    So much for being previously disadvantaged!

      liesl.hutchings - 2011-10-25 07:25

      or a communist!!

  • Winsome - 2011-10-24 19:29

    A member of the COMMUNIST party - taking advantage of capitalism! Shows what they really believe!

      Mike - 2011-10-24 19:42

      They only need to talk the talk and not walk the walk.......absolute hypocrisy

  • adechalain - 2011-10-24 19:39

    Absolutely disgusting...Communist, eh? Communist my ass! She must be related to good, old "die-for-the-poor" Juju... Pathetic! Pathetic! Pathetic!

  • Burtfred - 2011-10-24 19:44

    Capitalist Commie, just like her comrades Erwin, Kasrils, Patel, Davies, Nzimande, Metcalfe, Cronin, Mantashe, Carrim, etc. Tina, your time is up. Resign and save face, or wait for the revolutionary poor and exhausted to come after you, thief. Please remember, just like angels, there is no place in heaven for fallen communists.

  • Grant - 2011-10-24 19:45

    Priceless!

  • Richard - 2011-10-24 19:50

    What are the consequences? Will she get away with it or will she have to pay it back?

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 19:51

    Why is South Africa so corrupt under the ANC Government? Professor Micheal Savage,a sociologist,wrote:"Theft,fraud and violence:South African MPs do it all.A culture of impunity has made the South African parliament one of the most scandal-ridden in the world whereby MP's are arrested for drunken driving,shoplifting,fraud and corruption offences. Of the 535 MP's,29 have been guilty of domestic violence,7 have been arrested for fraud,19 have been accussed of bouncing cheques,117 have been involved in at least 2 businesses that have gone bankrupt,71 cannot obtain a credit card because of bad credit ratings,14 have been arrested on drug-related charges,8 have been arrested for shoplifting,84 have been arrested for drunken driving. Tony Yengeni,a former chief whip in the ANC,who was convicted for fraud in 2003 while chairing the country's defence commitee says this of their ANC elite:"What does the high court got to do with my life?I don't have to ask permission from them to do certain things...When asked about his numurous luxury cars which includes a MASERATI and 2 BMW's he replied "many other people have cars including white people who still have all the wealth of this country".For those brought up in the townships politics becomes the doorway to self-enrichment.Survivalism in SA is seen as political entitlement.Few MP's ever goes to prison.

      Dorothea - 2011-10-24 19:58

      a culture of inpunity has caused this rot? not a chance. the black culture has caused this rot.....

      Trudy - 2011-10-25 11:07

      @ Dorothea: You and all the people who gave you thumbs up are racists of the worst kind. White supremacists! SIES!

  • marco.tomaso - 2011-10-24 19:52

    Look at this coming from FOX News in America: "Zuma rolls out the red carpet for Africa’s newest longest-serving dictator,President Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea,Africa’s most notorious leader,and calling the him "My dear brother". Wow South Africa and its Presidents does stand out sometimes for all the wrong reasons don't they. He'll wine and dine with other Commonwealth nations whilst just before it shook hands with SATAN himself,Mr Teodoro Obiang.I guess Zuma is lettng his "buffoon image" speak for itself at times does he not. Teodoro Obiang is notoriously corrupt and venal,runs his country where the opposition and a free press are suppressed violently.His word is law and all proceeds of Equatorial Guinea's oil wealth buried offshore goes into his swollen private bank accounts rather than his country’s stretched coffers. Zuma welcomed this horrible man to the Union Buildings in Pretoria for his first official state with all the trimmings of a marching band,an inspection of the troops and a 21-gun salute.Particularly irksome at all this shenanigans was the presence of Tokyo Sexwale there aswell!!How pathetic is that. I guess this South Africa in the hands of black Africans at its best right?

      Craig - 2011-10-24 21:29

      Now that Brother leader has gone, JZ738 needs new allies for the tough times ahead.

  • marina.poniatowska - 2011-10-24 19:52

    Our tax money hard at work. Viva Mamma Africa...

  • Heinrich - 2011-10-24 19:53

    These thieving parasites should be tarred and feathered and paraded through the shanty towns of South Africa. The shack-dwellers must see them for what they are.

  • vanetia.mentor - 2011-10-24 19:56

    the vinyard is a nice hotel tho...but ja feed em to the sharks man!

  • Vishal - 2011-10-24 19:57

    Too lazy to cook i assume!!!

  • Reshan - 2011-10-24 20:06

    Has the gloves just come off? Is the Malema and JZ houses at WAR?

  • Yunus Jeftha - 2011-10-24 20:12

    Everybody can say what they want but these people will just continue to do as they please. They simply don't give a damn nor do they care abt the people

  • nathi.luthuli - 2011-10-24 20:15

    and...you guessed it right, she ain't going nowhere. she's probably living it up at the oyster box as we speak.

  • joeballito - 2011-10-24 20:15

    @petterson,you should be ashamed of yourself.But like malema it probably is so thick skinned it feels nothing,shocking!This is beyond comprehension(sic)of even the most open minded.Thank goodness for the D.A., keep these thieves at bay.

  • Brian - 2011-10-24 20:19

    Somebody's maths is up the pole! R1.6 million for 174 days equates to R9195 per day...not R1700. The taxpayer is being stolen blind.

  • andrew.hartung - 2011-10-24 20:24

    You clearly dont give a crap about this country, you only worried about how soft the pillow is at night. Shame on you. Give that money back to charity out of your pocket. They dont even mention what her official residenced cost us per month.

  • Rene - 2011-10-24 20:27

    Another one bites the dust...!!

  • Thandi - 2011-10-24 20:46

    Viva Anarchy Nepotism Corruption

  • melanie.askeland - 2011-10-24 20:48

    this is disgusting. if she doesn't want to live in one of her homes she should pay her own hotel bills

  • Hermann - 2011-10-24 20:54

    Come on Jakes a number three to fire or must you first be pressurised?

  • an0nthinker - 2011-10-24 20:57

    Freaking bitch! She should be made to pay back every single cent and get fired!!

  • sven.gohre - 2011-10-24 20:59

    Such wanton abuse of Public funds should have only one consequence and that is a very long stay in the State Hotels, the ones that do not charge per day, month or year, but it should be made a very long stay, say 10 years or more. Sadly the perpetrator of such a crime will not be given the opportunity of experiencing such State Hospitality. he will just be slapped on the wrist and before long she will be in front of the CCMA, trying to get compensation for being reprimanded unfairly. The CancER politicians are a law unto themselves.

  • Trudy - 2011-10-24 21:03

    Sies Tina

  • Mark - 2011-10-24 22:12

    This arrogant woman is supposed to represent me, a farmer, in parliament and look after my interests. She is clearly only looking after her own interests.

      Shadho - 2011-10-24 22:58

      Mark if you knew what is going on at DAFF and how they destroying certain segments of the Genuine Farming Community. Especially the Genuine Dairy Industry ,you will be mortified. Yes I have the proof. I am the only person ever in the RSA ever the last 3 years to have challenged the DAFF and DOH on so many issues and been proved correct. By strangely enough by DAFF and the DOH, grrrrrrr!!! Its NOT just her its her whole damned Department that's rotten to the core. APIS, FSQA etc etc. Yes the SAPS CCU and NPA have knowledge but do NOTHING. Whats that tell you. Its all ONE big KABAL,grrrrrrr Just know this. the DSA and MPO and Milk SA are equally guilty and will face legal challenge imminently.

      Zee - 2011-10-25 09:03

      ooohh eh eh....she is too busy with this WALL-MART business

  • Shadho - 2011-10-24 22:44

    If only the population knew just what is going on at DAFF. You will be horrified/mortified. The amount of NON compliant products flooding the RSA market is reprehensible to say the least. Many are life threatening to say the least. DAFF WILL also NOT advise the public. They state they don't have resources. Human or otherwise to control it and NOW THIS. Was another Minister not dismissed today for similar reasons or at least one of the major reasons he was dismissed?? Well surprise the Minister and her department and colluding the Department of Health are facing a R400 Million rand claim which is registered with the NCC/CPA. A complaint is also about to raised with the Public Protector's office against both divisions. If necessary against the DTI as well whom administers the NCC/CPA. Should they NOT intervene immediately.

  • Silvana - 2011-10-25 05:47

    And this done by a member of the SACP! Problem is that the fools who vote for them think this will be their lifestyle should they come in. LOL. Most probably had to go to a hotel because her domestic had the day off. Arrogant b*tch! Make her Pay it back and jail her. It will be interesting to see if JZ will take action now that he is on a "roll".

  • psk2004 - 2011-10-25 06:24

    And the list grows ! And we continue to pay for their luxuries. What a great life in modern South Africa.

  • Julie - 2011-10-25 08:31

    That money could have funded a Child and Youth Residential Care Centre for ONE year! I trust that she will be relieved of her duties, jailed for theft and ordered to pay the money back.

  • Zee - 2011-10-25 08:57

    only came to hear about this minister because she and that economics minister is hell-bent on keeping Wall-Mart out of SA. I wonder what is she suppose to be actually doing.

  • mzwandile.zulu3 - 2011-10-25 09:13

    Government Officials need to be the ones setting an example of stuardship of our resources (financial),and there needs to be clearly documented policies on accaptable accomodation and travel for all members of parliarment and those infringing on those to be taken to task..... having said that I am gaining great confidence in the stance our presiden t is taking on the undisciplined behaviour of national custodians of squandering tax payers money!

  • Hugh - 2011-10-25 09:20

    Zuma can never fire all the corrupt ministers, there would be no one left in government. It would be admitting defeat.

  • cheyna.stewart - 2011-10-25 09:30

    she should pay that money back!!!!!!!! im so glad she was fired. how selfish.

  • Megan - 2011-10-25 09:43

    In the meantime others battle to scrape together enough to live. This country will never come right and function normally as we are being ripped off and corrupted by parasites like this!

  • Zifnab - 2011-10-25 09:59

    And she's a communist? Really? Maybe I misunderstand the principles of communism. Is communism the new elitist capitalist movement?

  • Kevin - 2011-10-25 10:38

    A minister who can not see that it is wrong to spend the money is not responsible ,capable , honest and definitely someone who should be immediately fired and the money paid back . Zoomer must rid teh government of these wasteful bad people

  • Kevin - 2011-10-25 10:38

    A minister who can not see that it is wrong to spend the money is not responsible ,capable , honest and definitely someone who should be immediately fired and the money paid back . Zoomer must rid teh government of these wasteful bad people

  • Robert - 2011-10-25 11:58

    Fire the person and have her pay back every cent - basterd

  • Emma - 2011-11-02 11:12

    rubbish

  • samgaf - 2011-11-02 11:39

    Praise the lord we have people like this in goverment,Pravin Gordon would not know what to do with all the blood and sweat of the taxpayers money,

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