Protector finishes report on Shiceka

2011-09-21 00:00

PUBLIC Protector advocate Thuli Madonsela has completed an investigation of alleged abuse of state resources by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.

But the preliminary report, which is expected to be given to President Jacob Zuma, is still confidential, her spokesperson Kgalalelo Masibi said yesterday.

Madonsela was investigating, among others, allegations that since taking a cabinet post in 2008, Shiceka has spent hundreds of thousands of rands of taxpayers’ money on luxury hotels, first-class air tickets and visiting a jailed girlfriend in Switzerland.

According to media reports, Shiceka and his personal assistant spent over R300 000 flying first-class to visit his girlfriend and paid about R32 000 for a chauffeur-driven limousine to the prison. Shiceka has been on sick leave since early this year.

It is also alleged that he spent more than R640 000 in one year to stay at Cape Town’s five-star One & Only Hotel.

Asked to confirm whether the Public Protector’s findings support the allegations, Masibi said the report is still confidential and she cannot release details. President Jacob Zuma has been criticised for lack of decisive action against his ministers who allegedly abuse state resources. He has threatened to take appropriate action if the allegations prove to be true.

— Witness Reporter.

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