Xingwana denies Travelgate allegations

2011-08-13 20:05

Johannesburg - Minister Lulu Xingwana denied allegations that she was part of the so-called Travelgate scandal, the department of women, children and people with disabilities said on Saturday.

"The allegations that...Minister Xingwana owes any money to Parliament as a result of misuse of Parliament’s travel vouchers are false," department spokesperson Sibani Mngadi said.

The scandal which involved the alleged abuse of travel vouchers by members of Parliament came to light in the early 2000s.

In July the Eastern Cape High Court ordered Parliament to give the Centre for Social Accountability (CSA) access to schedules one and two of the sales of the travel claims agreement which were concluded in 2009.

This agreement allowed Parliament to buy, at taxpayers' expense, claims which were being pursued by the liquidators of Bathong Travel against MPs implicated in the scandal.

The documents included the names of the MPs as well as the claims against them.

In 2008 the Mail & Guardian reported that Xingwana owed over R54 800 to the agency.

Mngadi said Xingwana contacted Parliament to confirm the figures when the allegations began, but was turned away.

She tried again this week, but did not receive a response, he said.

She was also allegedly told by Bathong that there was no information suggesting misuse of vouchers and there was no money owed by her to the agency or Parliament.

Secretary to Parliament Zingile Dingani on Monday said the individuals named in the schedules were not criminally culpable.

"In many instances members were not even aware that the travel agent has used their names to commit fraud against Parliament," he said.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-13 20:12

    Just as corrupt as the rest of her comrades. Prove me wrong

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-13 20:13

    "In many instances members were not even aware that the travel agent has used their names to commit fraud against Parliament," he said. ------------------------------------------------- This spin doctor is contradicting himself. In other words, Lulu Xingwana's involvement cannot be completely ruled out.

  • Alltainted - 2011-08-13 20:33

    Of course you were, Lulumuppet

  • Macho Mike - 2011-08-13 20:50

    SA is grows more rotten each passing day. There is no smoke without fire. Seems the ANC thieves try harder and harder to outdo each other, and to top up their pockets they now plan more and more special taxes. Even Tutu wan't whites to pay special taxes. Nutheads, you can only strangle the Golden Goose for so long, then it dies.And when it dies, and it is very close to death, so does SA.

      Win14 - 2011-08-13 23:07

      Yes, suddenly no-one is guilty: this whole travelgate was a clever invention of the Whiteys to p*ss on the Blackies. Blacks never do anything wrong and certainly not the parliamentarians. They are all as clean as a whistle. That's why they don't need to fight corruption because there ain't any. So really: what's your point!!???

  • k1dbl4ck - 2011-08-13 22:46

    talk is cheap.

  • blanco_pta - 2011-08-13 22:50

    @ macho, SA is nowhere close to death. i hope u live long enough to witness that but unfortunately yo timidity is gonna culminate yo shortlived life.

      Dave50 - 2011-08-14 06:26

      @ blanco, no SA is not close to death but are you living isolated somwhere ?. The curse of corruption is a cancer that is eating our country alive and if you can't see what the end effect will be if it is allowed to spread at the current rate, you must be living on the moon; it is then the end will be the same - Death of a very special country.

  • ProudofPink - 2011-08-14 00:55

    Oh come on oussie, we all know that denial is the truth in ANC-speak.

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