Ministry denies trashing room

2011-08-28 14:36
Fikile Mbalula (File)

Fikile Mbalula (File)

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Cape Town - Allegations that sport ministry staff trashed a luxury hotel suite booked in the name of President Jacob Zuma at an awards ceremony at Sun City last week are "entirely false", a spokesperson for Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Sunday.

"The story is a lie," Paena Galane said.

"No one in the ministry paid for that room."

The allegations, published in the New Age newspaper last week, raised the ire of the Democratic Alliance which demanded that Mbalula explain why a luxury hotel suite booked in Zuma's name was trashed at a Sports Awards ceremony at Sun City last week.

"It has emerged that a R60 000-a-night luxury suite at Sun City's five star Palace Hotel was trashed by sports ministry staff after the 2011 Sports Star Awards held last Sunday," DA MP Donald Lee said.

"The suite was apparently booked for President Jacob Zuma, although he was not even on the guest list."

Mbalula, whose office organised the event, needs to explain why R60 000 was spent on a suite for the use of ministry staff.

How much damage was caused to the suite and whether any ministry officials have been disciplined for their behaviour, Lee said.

"Before the event, Minister Mbalula openly told the media that the awards would not come cheap because they needed to be spectacular.

"His comments and the behaviour of his officials is at odds with his new white paper which speaks of maximising access of poor and underdeveloped communities to sporting opportunities."

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  fikile mbalula  |  mahikeng  |  government spending

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