Minister's refusal to scan bag costs SA

2011-09-16 10:44

Johannesburg - The refusal of a minister to have her handbag scanned at an airport in Oslo, Norway, cost South African taxpayers just over R235 000, according to a report in the Mail & Guardian on Friday.

International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was on a state visit this month when she refused to pass her handbag through an x-ray scanner.

As a result she missed her scheduled commercial flight to her next diplomatic engagement in Bulgaria.

A private charter executive jet was then hired to transport her.

It cost taxpayers a total of R235 343, according to her department.

It was unclear what the minister was carrying in her handbag and why she was keen to avoid security screening, said the newspaper.

In its response the department said that the Vienna Convention exempted diplomats from luggage searches at airports, and that the minister - as the country's top diplomat - was right to stand her ground.

"[There was nothing in her handbag] which could not be disclosed. This matter was not about the contents of the luggage. It's a matter of principle," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said.

  • MissGremlinSays - 2011-09-16 10:47

    She should have been arrested for not complying with airport security.

      Nintendo - 2011-09-16 10:50

      you obviously not aware of protocol so were the Oslo airport officials, its a matter of principle

      vaat - 2011-09-16 10:52

      if you read that article properly it clearly states that diplomats are exempt from being searched. She should have just got searched and taken it up with someone if its such a big deal for her to be searched than hiring a charter plane

      falcon2020 - 2011-09-16 10:53

      As a matter of principal the bag should have been scanned, with the issue raised later, another bigger than life politician...booo!

      Protest - 2011-09-16 11:03

      By presenting her diplomatic credentials at the airport, security would have processed her boarding accordingly. She was not the first diplomat to be processed there. There is really something suspicious about this events.

      kidblack - 2011-09-16 11:04

      fortunately... despite the delusions of grandeur our politicians have locally with the country falling apart around them, they are but mere turds in the international context - AND - no amount of big talk, toi toi, or anything else (next to mobilizing the population - pushing out massive amounts of physicists, engineers, chemists, etc. in order to build cruise missiles ) will change that. ; )

      Fred - 2011-09-16 11:05

      What is a sammich?

      cat8fish - 2011-09-16 11:06

      what was in that stupid bag anyway

      willieman - 2011-09-16 11:10

      It is very difficult to teach people to think.Why didn't she let the officials scan her bag and move on.The problem with some of this ministers they think it is their right to waste tax payers money

      letsee - 2011-09-16 11:12

      Who the heck she thinks she is? Is this what tax is for? Malema must get rid of this people.

      Abongile - 2011-09-16 11:18

      Maybe she had a buzzing toy... a bunny... lol

      Poloyatonki - 2011-09-16 11:20

      At least the Minister made it in time for the next meeting.

      Krush - 2011-09-16 11:23's only 3 RDP houses's only a university degree's 650 blankets that could have kept people warm's a TOTAL WASTE OF OUR MONEY

      Colin - 2011-09-16 11:23

      And the principle of her costing the tax payer R235,000.00!?!?!

      czovczov - 2011-09-16 11:24

      We all want to see corruption and all kinds of crimes by our leaders and officials exposed but there is nothing amiss here. If anything we should be urging the SA government to claim the cost of the chartered plane from the Norwegian government. All those familiar with diplomatic protocol know that the minister was within her right to refuse to have her bag scanned. The question we should be asking is if the Norwegian airport personal also asks other European or American government officials to have their bags scanned or its simply because she is from Africa?

      MaanDonkie - 2011-09-16 11:24

      Derek Watts here's a story for you....the only time when these incompetent idiots run a mile when you shove a tv camera in their face.

      Servaas - 2011-09-16 11:33

      SA Government - CRIMINALS In SA crime does pay especially if you on the gravy train. Wonder what was in the bag??

      Gina - 2011-09-16 11:33

      No Nintendo there is no protocol,when it comes to the safety of other people and drug carrying. I have been overseas many time and they are v ery strict all over the world, you should try it sometime.

      Sheda Hab - 2011-09-16 11:34

      THIEF.................... Overprivileged.............Thief You steal from all the unemployed people in the country. You steal from all the employed peoples taxes. THIEF.......................

      pants - 2011-09-16 11:35

      czovczov - Yes because african politicians are known to be criminals.... drug dealers, gun runners and even human trafficking

      Gina - 2011-09-16 11:36

      Polytonki you hit the nail on the head, she was probably late for he next meeting anyway, so she had to make up a weird story for this leteness.

      Tokkel Loshi - 2011-09-16 11:39

      @ Poloyatonki At least there goes another 5 RDP house and another 10 years waiting for your grandmother !!!

      JDW - 2011-09-16 11:43

      @Nintendo so this cost us R235 000 just to prove a point, yes the airport officials might have been wrong but do what they say and follow the channels afterwards to complain but to cut your nose to spite your face is costing us money as tax payers

      Tolerant - 2011-09-16 11:47

      Visiting Ministers are not diplomats as far as I know, only those that are permanently working in oversease offices.

      Hein Boucher - 2011-09-16 11:49

      @FRED: A sammich is like tatters, precious, but only MORE delicious.

      sessisie - 2011-09-16 11:49

      What an expensive principle. I hope that she is principled enough to pay the bill herself and not to use the taxpayers money!

      GB - 2011-09-16 11:55

      @Poliodonkey - that was YOUR tax money she was wasting - Oh hang on, you probably don't pay tax

      SLaw - 2011-09-16 12:00

      Send the bill for the charter plane to the Norwegian government, they should pay it for contravening international law

      cliffarc - 2011-09-16 12:04

      -And this Anc govt. expect us to be law abiding,tax compliant citizens. Yet they carry on spending, blowing and thieving our money like there is no tommorow. If there was nothing to hide, why did she refuse a search ? Make this over bloated, under performing idiot pay the bill.

      Ryan - 2011-09-16 12:06

      ok guys, most of us are making up our minds based on the news24 article, but this article is incomplete and is actually inaccurate. the truth is, if you read the Mail and Guardian article, that she had no right to refuse being searched. the News24 article gives the wrong impression and her spokesman's explanation is either ill-informed or a blatant lie. read the Mail and Guardian article .. it makes me wonder what she thus had to hide. a few government officials have been caught in drug trafficking, notably Sheryl Cwele recently. could Minister Maite have been one of them ? what do you guys think ?

      L SMT - 2011-09-16 12:15

      Now I know why we will never get rid of our drugg problem. Diplomats can cary any amount of druggs and will never be searched. And we all know the biggest criminals is in top goverment.

      werner.smidt - 2011-09-16 12:15

      Minister of International Relations (Trainee)

      Ryan - 2011-09-16 12:17

      basically in Norway only royalty and heads of state are exempt from security screening. this is not mentioned in the news24 article, but it is mentioned in the Mail and Guardian article. thus, minister Maite (what a name!) was according to protocol there, not allowed to refuse being screened and she should have been screened like everybody else.

      LP - 2011-09-16 12:22

      They could have searched her and just apologise later. Wonder what she was hiding. Probably ended up to be a "screaming queen"

      gaff.harrison - 2011-09-16 12:22

      it's easy to stand up for the principle when it's not your own money. that's 5 RDP houses gone because this stupid idiot thought she was too posh. she probably did have something to hide in her handbag...that sounds more likely.

      Sailor - 2011-09-16 12:24

      Obviously, principle was very important to her seeing she was not paying anyway. Our politicians just dont get it simply because its not their money. She should be fired on principle, but by who?

      McDaNife - 2011-09-16 12:28

      Should have locked her up and for good measure threw the keys away

      moreso - 2011-09-16 12:28

      @czovczov, how does it make sense for her to be exempted from a luggage scan? Is she some kind of super-human? What would happen if I refused to have my luggage scanned? What makes her different? If we accept that people in government don't have to submit to the law, then what are we to them? Cattle? Exactly.

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-16 12:36

      ANC's wasteful expenditure now stands at a staggering R40 000 235 343,00 and counting!

      Ryan - 2011-09-16 13:05

      @ Poliodonkey ... actually minister Maite missed the conference in Bulgaria because she arrived late on her chartered flight. this info is made available on the Mail and Guardian article. so not only did she and her entourage throw away hundreds of thousands of rands in FIRST CLASS tickets, then proceed to spend hundreds of thousands more of taxpayer money on a chartered flight, but she also missed the conference !!!

      Boeretroos - 2011-09-16 13:25

      According to an anc spokesperson masjinegunne moegoeman she had some sort of a toy her handbag, thats why she didnt want to have it scanned.

      The Wonderer - 2011-09-16 13:40

      Oh, wait, here' an update to my last comment, the wasteful expenditure has just gone up by R150 MILLION! ANC's WASTEFUL expenditure now at R40 150 235 343!!!

      alicia - 2011-09-16 14:11

      Are they ABOVE THE LAW IN ALL COUNTRIES!? Wish they had put her in jail. That is what would have happened to you and me.

      Sizwe Mogale - 2011-09-16 14:14

      Dont be stupid! You cant always moan about the respect of law and then when someone else in the world doesn't repspect the law you say they must be arrested, get a brain then follow that up with getting a life

      SpetsnazLaz - 2011-09-16 14:23

      The problem here is that Black Africans have such a chip on their shoulders that they believe that they can kick and scream to get their way. If you have nothing to hide then do the screening and complain about it afterwards but not this cow. In afrikaans we have a saying: "Buite blink maar binne stink". Got to have the status and the clothes etc. but as for running the country and in this case wasting taxpayers money they could care less. Shame on you!

      SpetsnazLaz - 2011-09-16 14:25

      Oh! and another thing. If I was a "South African black" I would be ashamed of my ways and behaviour. The rest of the world looks down on you because of just that.

      Gina - 2011-09-16 14:31

      CZOVCZOV, what diplomatic immunity must she get in and international airport she was not on SA hallowed ground. Norway owes South Africa nothing, they were good enough not to charge her with obstruction of duty. You people think just because these ministers of government can walk over everyone around the world like they do to their president. We get treated exactly the same at our airports when we arrive from overseas, they dig in all your bags,scared we doing the government out of some customs duty, get this African attitude out of your system the rest of the world works differently.

      SpetsnazLaz - 2011-09-16 14:32

      and this is why South African blacks will always stay poor and hungry and at the bottom of the food chain: Hey Malema! this is why poverty will never go away. Start pointing the finger at your own kind.

      DoublySalmon - 2011-09-16 15:48

      Norway searches their own government officials. What makes her special? The illegal drugs in her purse?

      Popit - 2011-09-17 04:32

      Nintendo, go play with your Wii and keep quite.

      Jean - 2011-09-17 15:50

      im sorry but in this matter the minister right

  • CHIPPER_CHAP - 2011-09-16 10:49

    No Monyela, its a matter of not having ANY principles and letting us foot the bill. Pathethic...

      TGSA - 2011-09-16 10:59

      Always 'interesting' how some people believe in 'principles', especially when it does not cost them anything... But I guess she also believed that a private jet was much more appropriate for her 'government status'. And some people agree with her, I am stunned! I wonder for how much longer such waste of money will continue... Till it is all gone?

      Springbokkie - 2011-09-16 11:08

      I couldnt agree with you more! She obviously doesnt care that the R235 343 could have been used for a better cause in SA. yes I understand diplomats are exempted from luggage searches (for what reason I certainly dont know) but that matter could have been handled at a later stage

      Allrightythen - 2011-09-16 11:37

      She has diplomatic rights, I agree. She has no right to waste tax payers money though. She should be made to pay and then she can fight the airport to repay her the loss in her own time. There should be a ministerial manual with the words (Thou may not be a complete baffoon" on the front cover. I think the on the first day of parliment each minister should be kicked in the crotch to make them feel what the people feel everytime their names are mentioned int the papers.

      PB - 2011-09-16 11:49

      WHAT A COW!!! International RELATIONS nogal - her ego is bigger than a 747. Wonder how big an issue it would have been for her to have her bag scanned if it was for her own account.

      Grant - 2011-09-16 11:50

      Yup...till its all gone!

      kidblack - 2011-09-16 12:25

      No PB.. that would be her Kentucky Fried beeehind.

      AMS-Dammer - 2011-09-16 14:00

      PB..her TIT'S are bigger than a 747

      ray.romans - 2011-09-17 19:38

      Probably carrying something for her druggie friend, Sheryl Cwele.

  • BoerSeun - 2011-09-16 10:49

    maybe it is time for these idiots to pay for their arrogant attitudes. let her pay it out of her own pocket will teach them they should be a responsible and not so self centered.

      allie - 2011-09-16 11:57

      Al dra n aap n goue ring.... Ek wonder of sy tot 235000 kan tel?

      stephen scott - 2011-09-16 15:19

      her own pocket , will also be filled with tax payer money.

      Axiom - 2011-09-16 19:40

      If it was FW or ET and this happened to him in Lagos International, you would have wet your pants in outrage. Why don't we ignore all the conventions now, a LITTLE torture to save money, rendition flights. Convention Vienna, Geneva, you don't care Boerseun...

      Axiom - 2011-09-16 19:41

      Oh, and if it was Louis Vuitton , I wouldn't let anyone touch my luggage.

  • eisan - 2011-09-16 10:50

    Tell us something we not expecting!

      Poloyatonki - 2011-09-16 11:20

      At least the Minister made it in time for the next meeting.

      PB - 2011-09-16 11:50

      @donkey - whoop de doo

      Wizard101 - 2011-09-16 13:53

      Yes donkie with the drugs nê!!!!

      Dirge - 2011-09-16 14:24

      @Poly And I suppose nothing better could be done with that money ? R235000 could feed alot of people but yeah waste it on a pointless flight to "stand your ground". Pathetic

  • People Hater - 2011-09-16 10:50

    Same as Sheryl Cwele. - 2011-09-16 11:07

      Sheryl and all the other cronies, comrades and cadres. Good for nothing bunch.

      People Hater - 2011-09-16 12:03

      Well, Mathaithai. In western culture, people that refuse to let their bags be scanned at airports usually have items in said bag that they dont want to be seen, due to their illegal nature. This is usually weapons/explosives or drugs. So I made the tenuous link to Cwele, who was indeed using the airlines to distribute narcotics. I chose to link it to Cwele, as I doubt it was explosives, as the ANCs record as a terrorist organisation was not really very good at all.

  • suspiciousme - 2011-09-16 10:50

    "[There was nothing in her handbag] which could not be disclosed. This matter was not about the contents of the luggage. It's a matter of principle," spokesperson Clayson Monyela said ANd since when do our politicians have principles? She was probably carting a stash for old Sheryl CWele...

      sniperman - 2011-09-17 16:23

      She had a Checkers packet with left over snacks from the previous evenings cocktail party in her bag. Was going to take it home to the kids.

  • Johan Erasmus - 2011-09-16 10:50

    "Right to stand her ground" at our expense!

  • NightshadowZA - 2011-09-16 10:51

    A matter of principle that cost us R235 343.00 . Jeez you moron, give them your handbag and move on.

      daaivark - 2011-09-16 11:05

      Or just leave the bag behind. No big deal, as it's claimed that there was nothing untoward inside. Have it sent on later.

      angelcynn - 2011-09-16 11:13

      yes my civil servant, daaivark!! stop lurking in the comment sections in our tax-payers time.

      OZNOB - 2011-09-16 11:23

      More like a very arrogant attitude and a sense of entitlement . as has been said before the lady should have had her bag scanned and then taken it up with the appropriate people - they should charge her for the charter for being such a moron

      FrankLeeMe - 2011-09-16 11:24

      According to the CAA, the EU legislation only allows heads of states to be exempted from such searches. She is not president, so she has no right to refuse a search - no excuses about it being a matter of principle... She should consequently be held accountable for the excessive expenses.

      Grant - 2011-09-16 11:54

      Lets see... A couple of houses for two underprivaleged families, or exercise a "right" that shouldn't make any difference anyway. Bugger the poor families, I say! :P

      daaivark - 2011-09-16 11:57

      Oh don't start that crap again, my angel.

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-17 19:54

      @ Frankleeme i think that she would have had a harder time pulling that stunt on entering the USA though

  • paulmichael.keichel - 2011-09-16 10:51

    Is it a 'matter of principle' worth a few RDP houses?

      Grant - 2011-09-16 11:57

      I said that too :) Although in fairness, RDP houses probably cost a couple Mil each these days (being built by the prestigious ZuMalema & Comrades (Pty) Ltd)

  • Kenno - 2011-09-16 10:51

    .....and the circus continues. She should be held responsible for the cost. SA has no one to blame with its amazing record internationally of crime and fraud and representing SA, she should have obliged. Ignorant fool!

  • IC1 - 2011-09-16 10:52

    What principle? Everybody else is subject to these searches, which are there for a good reason, who does she think she is? Why do we have to pay for her hissy-fit? It's pathetic and she should be sanctioned, but she'll probably get a raise. C'mon people vote this corrupt, sef-serving and self enriching bunch of politician out of power. If you are so hung up on not voting the DA in, then vote Cope or anything just not ANC. When you vote ANC you are perpetuating this corruption and waistage of the country and your resources. The ANC does NOT care about the people!

      Allrightythen - 2011-09-16 11:44

      How can you respect the South African ministers? There are far too many of them, they are uneducated, arrogant, ignorant, corrupt, selfserving and she was most likely carrying something illegal. If I was faced with opening my bag or paying over R200 000 for a flight, I would open the bag...but there again, I do not have anything to hide.

      rantoftheday - 2011-09-16 11:53

      @Lacoste While it is strange that the security team broke protocol, given the Sheryl Cwele saga, wouldn't you be suspicious of SA travellers? Between SAA staff and Cwele, us Saffas are not great travellers!

      Linda Whelan - 2011-09-16 11:57

      When the Minister of Intelligence's wife is a convicted drug dealer and he doesn't resign, when Cooperative Governance Minister uses tax payers money to visit his drug dealer girlfriend in Switzerland - maybe other countries have a right to be suspicious. Drug dealing seems to be part of the ministerial portfolio these days.

      IC1 - 2011-09-16 12:01

      @Lacoste: WTFeva,

      Sailor - 2011-09-16 13:58

      @Lacoste - the security of all the passengers is of paramount importance and cannot be compromised. That is why she was left behind. People who do not want to go through searches and scanners have their own private jets which cost upwards of $60 million. The fact that the minister opted to cost taxpayers R235k on a point of principle at our expense shows her lack of judgement and unfitness to hold office. This behaviour is similar to a two year old throwing a tantrum in Pick & Pay. She does not deserve any respect from anybody.

  • jester - 2011-09-16 10:52

    "...matter of principle" my @ss!!! What a load of....

  • Jantjieman - 2011-09-16 10:52

    If any employee in a commercial company incurs negligent losses like this it results in immediate dismissal.

  • ands - 2011-09-16 10:53

    A matter of principle my a$$. If her principles were sound she would not allow for wastage of tax payers money. Jees the arrogance!

  • user_64 - 2011-09-16 10:53

    Once again, we must just fork out our hard earned money to make sure these useless human beings live the life of luxury. She should have been arrested. No one is above the law!

  • Notuagain - 2011-09-16 10:54

    If there was nothing to hide, then she should have allowed her bags to be searched and lodged a complaint through diplomatic channels. The money could have been spent feeding the poor or something far more worthy a matter of principle.

      leadsa - 2011-09-16 10:58

      My point!

  • Sisie - 2011-09-16 10:54

    What was in the bag that she didn't want anyone to see? Or was it a case of "I am a minister in the SA government, i am way too important to be treated the same as normal folk" - obviously has an inflated opinion of herself. And i hope she paid for that executive flight out of her own pocket.

      tootingdel - 2011-09-16 11:14

      of course she didn't - she probably has a stake in the charter company so will have made money out of it!!

  • ChrisD - 2011-09-16 10:54

    Matter of principle?? Who do these people really think they are?? I don't care if she was the Dalai Lama, I want to get on a plane knowing that all safety checks have been made!

      Ryan - 2011-09-16 11:39

      I agree, everyone in my opinion should be searched prior to boarding a plane. however, if its true that diplomats are exempt, then we should look at the legislation and not at the individual

      Boerseun - 2011-09-16 11:50

      They have forgoten that they are servants of the people. Servants do not fly, but freakin walk if I remember right.

      moreso - 2011-09-16 12:41

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:05

      It is VERY easy to stand on your rights and principles if somebody ELSE must pay.

  • tut - 2011-09-16 10:54

    I guess she was hiding something. Just your average day to day arrogant ANC behaviour.

  • Peacock - 2011-09-16 10:55

    Why did she not catch the next commercial flight out? Or was it because she thought that she deserved a special flight. The stuffing arrogance of the ministers is is is is is ( I can not say it on this forum )

      Vytjie - 2011-09-16 11:57

      ..or is it because she really didn't want it to come out what she was carrying in the bag...personally I think they should do away with the so called protocol and search EVERYONE's bag even if you're Queen Elizabeth & somehow I don't think she'd minde if they check her bag

      RACINGCAT - 2011-09-17 19:59

      Nelson Mandela wouldnt have minded either..Just get the job done

  • Free-Shaun - 2011-09-16 10:55

    Fire her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:07

      FIRE her??? She can only be fired if there is a higher post available to put her in.

  • mickey - 2011-09-16 10:55

    Firstly, she should have been locked up!! Secondly seeing as she wasn't, and if SA was a country run with higher principles, bill her the total amount for being a leech!!!

  • slowysa - 2011-09-16 10:55

    Ja swaer...with eish....ngena...yes, again please.....typical ANC (African National Corruption).

  • tailormade - 2011-09-16 10:56

    Ja sure, Vienna Convention....and then 9/11 happened which changed the way the world approaches air travel. That bill should be paid by her. So sick and tired of politicians that think the sun shines out off their butholes.

  • PAnzi_ne_ANC - 2011-09-16 10:56

    lock the cow up and throw away the key for wastig the tax payers mney like the rt of the ANC parasites..

      anita ngubane - 2011-09-16 13:02

      Hi Panzi It really sadens me when I come across such coments, I know and respect your right to freedom of speech but I think as human beings We still have that respect of others and elders also associations and communities who's intentions have been to provide and sustain such rights in your behalf, I therefore do not think it is proper to comment with such tones but comment with constructive and matured sense as your responsibility to be part of solutions in the world... It is up to you to take a personal decision wherether you want to remain part of the Country's problems or be part a solution in building this Country...

      john_jones - 2011-09-16 13:49

      Anita Panzi'z comment was very constructive. This 'minister' is not an 'elder' at all. She is a functionary clinging to the ANC gravy train which is milking the country dry. Do you think that waste , arrogance and criminality are 'good' things or a 'bad' things ?. I hope you , like any thinking person , regard them as 'bad' things. So ANY comment directed at removing this parasite is a 'good' thing. The more hatred and venom used to eject this mampara the better. Or do you care so little about the future of this country that you cannot even find one drop of bitterness in you that this 'dief' is robbing your grandchildren ?. If this is the case Anita , you should think of emigrating to a country that you can get passionate about.

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:21

      Anita - I agree with you comments. Apart from showing a lack of respect for other people using this forum with the lazy way of typing and spelling errors, Panzi could rather have replaced the words "cow" with "thief" and "parasites" with "gravy suckers".

  • WarDog - 2011-09-16 10:56

    One thing that I’ve been noticing is how half backed reporting is becoming on news24. Go read this article on the mail and guardian site and you will understand that it was the minister that was in the wrong. Let us not forget the small drug trafficking fiasco some of our more prominent ANC cadres where involved in not to long ago.

      Keevus - 2011-09-16 11:17

      does it matter which publication you read it from?the fact is that idiot wasted money.finish and klaar, we love news24 by the way,go to your m&g and stay there moron

      WarDog - 2011-09-16 11:34

      See Keevus the problem is News24 makes it sound like the diplomat was in the right and the airport security was in the wrong. News24 make it sound like the racist EU had a knife in for another poor defenseless African diplomat with its double standards when in fact the diplomat was in the wrong and the airport security was following procedure. It makes a huge difference when considering if the diplomat was justified in wasting the money or if the diplomat wasted the money out of pure arrogance and spite. The article does NOT reflect this fact... and you call me a moron?

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:28

      WarDog & Keevus - bedaar man. Calm it. You are on the SAME side. FOKUS my kind. The enemy is the MINISTER, not the person next to you fighting the same battle. What does it matter which publication said what in which style? Concentrate on the fact of the matter - we've been robbed, probably by somebody visiting a relative in a jail.

  • leadsa - 2011-09-16 10:56

    and we don't have money for schools??? Whould Mr. Mandela have done this!!

      Imfene - 2011-09-16 11:15

      Nope, he's more into blowing up churches and banks, killing innocent citizens.

      Keevus - 2011-09-16 11:19

      madiba?,he certainly have given the money to worthy courses pity we dont have such selfless leaders left anymore

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:29

      Imfene - that was uncalled for - bad taste. Sorry man, but you are missing the point.

  • vasti - 2011-09-16 10:57

    It is the attitude and arrogance of these ministers that is wrong! If in another country, you abide by it's rules

  • SabaticalG - 2011-09-16 10:57

    drug smuggler no 2!!!

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:30

      Drugs in a dildo.

  • Ang - 2011-09-16 10:58

    A matter of principle?? Are you fu*^ing kidding me? The arrogance of this government and its members is absolutely astounding!?!?! She should be made to pay it back from her salary, what an unbelievable waste of money?!?!?

  • Wade Mackintosh - 2011-09-16 10:58

    It should also be a matter of principle not to cost the taxpayer R235 000 for your own selfish pride!!

  • Free-Shaun - 2011-09-16 10:59

    Take your Protocol and principles and sit in jail with her, she should be fired, made to pay back the equavalent of 6 RDP houses value, and preferably jailed! why do we have zero tolerance on issues with the general public, whilst the people placed to serve society can do as they like? take action before the masses rise up against you!!!

      Ang - 2011-09-16 11:02

      It is no suprise that Julius has the power he has, you have wastage like this while people are living in shacks with no basic services?!?!!? The masses will rise and we will all pay for this nonsense!

  • Grootbroer - 2011-09-16 10:59

    Buggar THAT !!! Priciple ?? Who got taught the principle here? Its the damn taxpayer. This is bull !! Just deduct it from her salary. This is nonsense. They waste such a lot of money and have NO freaken idea what money is.

  • Angelo - 2011-09-16 11:00

    I Fully Agree with that i have done a lot of diplomatic trips with a lot of foreign diplomats ....Good for her Its high time we stand our grounds and i think while we still at it the bloody Agents should start applying for VISA'S To enter SOUTH AFRICA BLOOODY AGENTS

      DEVILS SON - 2011-09-16 11:03

      stand your ground, ministers are drug mules, let the world know...if she has nothing to hide then let them scan, like every single person who gets on a plane has to do. wish she would pull that on an american flight so air marshals can F@ck her up

      WarDog - 2011-09-16 11:05

      Let me get this right, the EU rules state that even diplomats must be searched and Oslo diplomats get searches all the time as the rules describe but an African is not allowed to be searched because of a a matter of principle? WOW, these Africans must really be something special or at least in their own minds they are.

      Shatters - 2011-09-16 11:07

      arrogance in AFrica doesn't work in other civilised countries ..

      Mark Singh - 2011-09-16 11:27

      Problem is that these uncivilised ANC fatcats cant understand 1st world rules and regulations. So typical of them to have a dont care attitude to tax payers money

      IAmSipho - 2011-09-16 11:30

      Hauk my brutha Angelo she is cheeky that ousie

      Big mack - 2011-09-16 11:58

      Wow Angelo... arent you the bright one today!! Rather climb back into your cave bro!!

      Servaas - 2011-09-16 12:06

      @Angelo:"I Fully Agree with that i have done a lot of diplomatic trips with a lot of foreign diplomats" I doubt you even know what the inside of a plane looks like. Clown.

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:42

      Servaas, how can you say Angelo probably never saw the inside of a plane on a diplomatic trip. He most possibly was one of the many toy-boys going with the madam on our expense. Can you believe what he says??? "STAND OUR GROUNDS"!!! And allow a disguised terrorist to blow the plane out of the air?

      Ithinkso - 2011-09-16 17:00

      WTF Angelo are you for real. Do you remember 9/11 ?? you dickball !!! I DO NOT WANT TO GET ONTO A PLANE with ANYONE that has not had their hand luggage or handbands or fanny packs scanned. What a crock of Sh!!!!t. What if she had been concealing, God forbid, potentially leathal items ????? I would have thrown her off the commercial aircraft as well - AND EVERYONE who does not comply needs to be left on the ground. What a complete joke this imbicile is !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Theodon - 2011-09-16 11:01

    230k is not a matter of principle! She should be made to pay a fine at the very least. Tax payers who pay their money into private trusts until the government steps up may be on the right track.

  • Buic Unix - 2011-09-16 11:01

    If you're exempt from a condition means you have to bring it to the attention of the airports company. But i dont think this is the case, this a classic case of spending money in style...

      JC gedagtes - 2011-09-16 14:45

      Yess - especially somebody els's money.

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-09-16 11:01

    DIt maak my sommer naar...

  • Mark Haupt - 2011-09-16 11:01

    Our MP's suddenly have principles? Wow, am impressed - next we'll be informed that none of them have criminal records.

  • sipholess - 2011-09-16 11:01

    Now this is par for the course in SA.......MAITE with a big head !!!!

  • Frankie - 2011-09-16 11:01

    Friends with Sheryl Cele..?

  • Boon - 2011-09-16 11:01

    The rule of diplomatic immunity is totally outmoded. If Heads of State can be indicted by the ICC surely diplomats can be required to comply with airport security checks?!?

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  • Mukololo - 2011-09-16 11:01

    she must be fired damnit, who selected these nursery kids to lead us

      Clint - 2011-09-16 12:29


  • corne.nell - 2011-09-16 11:02

    If you were not hiding anything, why do you refuse to get your bag scanned?? Wonder what Malema will say about this? According to him it will be fine because its only whites that is thiefs??????? Thanks to the taxpayers that keeps the high life of the ministers and parliment goining!!

  • William - 2011-09-16 11:03

    i give my R5 to the car guard cause i want to give my little bit to someone that needs it but the ANC and every government in Africa does not even care about their own people...whey should I???

  • Ollie - 2011-09-16 11:03

    WTF - what was she hiding - and wasting my tax money - this is why we get taxed too death!!!!!!!!

  • Robin Dyers - 2011-09-16 11:03

    Very expensive principle, Minister. Rather thoughtless and embarrassing act. Next time, scan your bag and lodge a complaint about the gross infringement on your superhuman rights!

      Alice - 2011-09-16 12:23

      good comment

      Alice - 2011-09-16 12:28

      Isn't another principle to be efficient and not waste the companies money!!!

      Alice - 2011-09-16 12:28

      sorry, the shareholders money!

  • Intyre53 - 2011-09-16 11:03

    So, its a matter of principle; its her right to refuse; nothing in handbag which could not be disclosed? they WHY are SA tax payers expected to pay? Just being bloody-minded if you ask me. She could have let them scan bag and taken it up later and saved us poor tax payers some money.

  • Donald - 2011-09-16 11:03

    Matter of principle se gat! I'm sure the Minister could have obliged even though diplomats are exempt - she was just being bloody minded at the expence of the SA taxpayer. A case of being too full of one's own importance.