Shiceka spending gross misuse of funds: DA

2011-04-10 22:20
Johannesburg - The expenses incurred by Sicelo Shiceka, minister of co-operative governance, were a "gross misuse of public funds", the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Sunday.

"Considering the poverty and dire need that characterises the lives of so many South Africans, such extravagant expenditure, if true, is disturbing," said spokesperson James Lorimer.

The DA was responding to reports in the Sunday Times of travel expenses Shiceka racked up during overseas visits.

The report claimed that Shiceka had spent in excess of R2.5m on first-class flights and accommodation since 2008.

Lorimer and Independent Democrats (ID) MP Haniff Hoossen called for the Public Protector to investigate the matter.

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