Public protector investigates minister

2011-06-15 07:07

The public protector has started to investigate the alleged abuse of millions in state funds by Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka, The Times reported today.

“The president will be guided by the public protector’s report. He will pronounce his decision only once the investigation is completed,” said presidential spokesman Zizi Kodwa.

Spokesman for the public protector, Kgalalelo Masibi, said the investigation had been delayed by Shiceka’s request for extensions.

“The public protector is currently evaluating the response and processing the investigation,” Masibi said.

He was unable to give a date for the completion of the investigation.

Shiceka allegedly spent taxpayers’ money on luxury hotels, first-class air tickets while visiting a jailed girlfriend in Switzerland since taking up his Cabinet post in 2008. 

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