Letter writer gets it all wrong

2016-08-17 06:00

THE article “Honest one’s not yet elected”, by Zipho­ Makhoba (Maritzburg Echo, 21 July) refers.

It is unfortunate that Makhoba would write an article about a matter as serious as corruption and then not check his facts.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu was not involved in the so-called “Travelgate scandal” at all. The misuse of travel vouchers was committed by certain Members of Parliament who used Parliament’s travel agents.

Sisulu was a minister at the time and her travel­ arrangements were done by her office and not by Parliament.

Makhoba would have been able to verify that with a simple search, unless his intention was to attack the minister’s credibility and question her integrity.

Advocate Mpofu has never been a Member of Parliament and Julius Malema only became a Member of Parliament in 2014.

Makhoba should also note that the Land Act was passed in 1913, not 1912, it is Pallo Jordan, not Parlor and Carl Niehaus, not Carlos.

These are sloppy mistakes that should not happen when you write about corruption, but can probably be excused. However, accusing a minister of corruption when there is absolutely no truth in it is a very serious matter and I expect that Makhoba will correct this.

Francois hugo Head of Ministry

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