State is obstructing probe into Lindiwe Sisulu’s R11m flights – DA

2014-09-02 14:09

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It’s been five months, and the defence department has failed to hand over documents regarding an investigation into its former minister’s R11 million bill for chartered flights.

The Democratic Alliance has accused the department of obstructing the investigation into money spent by Lindiwe Sisulu on Gulfstream jet flights and Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula needed to explain why the department had not handed over documents to the auditor-general, Democratic Alliance spokesperson David Maynier said.

The department was not immediately available for comment.

In March, Maynier asked the auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, to investigate the use of the Gulfstream jets by Sisulu, who is now human settlements minister.

This included how many flights and ferry flights she took, and whether each flight complied with the ministerial handbook.

“The department of defence appears to me to be obstructing the auditor-general’s investigation into the scandal surrounding Lindiwe Sisulu’s flights on the Gulfstream executive jets,” he said.

Maynier would submit parliamentary questions to Mapisa-Nqakula to ask why documents had not been handed over, and who was obstructing the investigation. He would ask what action would be taken against the person found responsible.

On March 16, The Sunday Times reported that Sisulu had accused Mapisa-Nqakula of lying about the number of flights she took between September 2009 and February 2012.

According to letters and documents Sisulu racked up an R11 million bill for chartered flights on a Gulfstream jet while she was defence minister, the newspaper reported.

Mapisa-Nqakula, in a written response to Parliament in October 2012, said Sisulu took 203 flights on the private jet. Sisulu insisted she took only 35.

In an interview with the Sunday Times, Sisulu vowed to clear her name and confirmed she was considering legal action against her Cabinet colleague.

“I want that expunged from my records with the necessary apology and necessary remedy. I will not have it. I’ve worked very hard for this government and my reputation is not going to be sacrificed on something silly like that.”

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