Treasury defends Gordhan hotel costs

2011-12-01 20:12

Johannesburg - The National Treasury has rejected suggestions that Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's hotel accommodation costs are excessive.

The reported hotel accommodation costs for the minister should be viewed in accordance with the nature of the particular engagement, Treasury spokesperson Bulelwa Boqwana said on Thursday.

Earlier, the Democratic Alliance lamented the fact that "the people of South Africa had spent R60 000" on Gordhan's two-night stay in Paris in March this year.

"Minister Gordhan has on many occasions called on state officials to spend the people's money responsibly," DA spokesperson Dion George said in a statement.

However, it seemed that the minister had now violated his own rules, he said.

Responding, Boqwana said all the minister's international accommodation costs were associated with the International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and G20 engagements.

South Africa was not responsible for the logistics.

"The host countries book for the delegates and provide security."

Hotels were selected on the basis of convenience and security.

"In most cases, the engagements take place in the same venue or in close proximity to where the conference is held," she said.

  • Adam - 2011-12-01 20:24

    He is just another no brainer that doesnt practice what he preaches.

      En - 2011-12-01 21:51

      So if you were a FINANCE MINISTER you would pay for your own hotel trips? Please take your ...... elsewhere. I've said this a thousand times...I vote for the DA, but sometimes they take it too far. When the DA come into power one day, will they pay for their own trips? If so, that particular minister would be stone broke 6 months into the year. And if you say he shouldn't travel, then he wouldn't be much of a finance minister.

      Senzo Mathebula - 2011-12-01 21:59

      Thank u EN

      Francois - 2011-12-01 22:08

      Oops, maybe he should have paid for all ours education. Firstly Gordhan is not another no - brainer. He, like Manuel, is one of the very few sane voices out there. ThEn, nobody said that he must pay for his own hotel costs, the question was asked whether R 60k for 2 nights is not exorbitantly expensive - which it is. The reason provided is a sane one, however one can understand why the EU is on the brink of financial collapse - they are so used to spend other people's money, specifically that of the unborn children that this should not come as a surprise. I think that Gordhan and the rest of the people not so closely related to the rich club G7 (although Italy may soon leave) should lobby for having meetings of this nature not in a place like Paris, but a place like Ceres or Salzburg where it is cheaper to stay.

      Dirk - 2011-12-02 05:47

      And so the ignorant try and justify the feeding frenzy of the ravenous hyhenas

      Ed - 2011-12-02 10:23 any of you know much about what is going-on globally? have ny of you heard of globalisation and the importance of the current finance meetings. do many of you know that SA has actually been asked to assist Europe with $2b for the bailout found? do any of you know how crucial it is to keep-up good relations with the g20 and other economies and that the world does not judge us on our aids programs and other corrupt ministers alone, but mainly of the competence of someone like Gordhan. people trust him and with what is going-on globally, it is even more important for him to be involved and ensure that South Africa shines and comes-out stronger than Europe and the West...just look at how Manuel and now Gordhan have helped to ensure that we have government debt of only 40% vs Europes average of about 150%, the US at 140% and Japan at 220%! I think the trip was warrented and the country, as a whole, benefitted. now relax folks...

      Ed - 2011-12-02 10:24

      PS: for been a no-brainer...hmmmm, wow, big words for you on a Friday.

  • Hunter - 2011-12-01 20:26

    Then maybe the IMF, G20 and so on, etc, and what not, should pay the bill.

  • Kate - 2011-12-01 20:33

    What would he have paid had it come out of his own pocket? Double Standards!!

      Francois - 2011-12-02 02:26

      Did you perhaps read the response - it was not his to organise?

      Kate - 2011-12-02 06:06

      @Francois....ahhhh what minister is he again????? Oh! Finance, I rest my case

      Francois - 2011-12-02 08:23

      Are you perhaps insinuating that when you are out on business for your employer, you pay for it yourself? Or is the Minister of aaaahh Finance the only one that has to pay for it himself?

  • Trent Hodges - 2011-12-01 20:38

    30 grand a night is not too bad- 3000 euros all relative. Give Mr Gordhan a break, he's one of the good guys in gov.

      Kevin - 2011-12-01 21:09

      If that is so why did he fail to comply with a court order in the prosecution Michael Adinall. The Court ordered that SARS send its investigative staff to Pretoria prison where Adinall was incarcerated and take affidavits with regards to the other people involved. It was about 7 years ago Adinall is out and the affidavits have never been taken. He is just another ANC mafia member who cares nothing for the rule of law or the South African people. Hec like Zuma Maharaj and a myriad of ANC MP's is simply feathering his own nest.

      pws69 - 2011-12-01 21:39

      google Vula Boys, or look it up on wikipedia, then tell me he is one of the good guys.

  • George - 2011-12-01 20:53

    We do not have the same finances as the IMF, G20 etc We dont even have an aids program anymore, all the money has been stolen. One brush paints all.

      Ed - 2011-12-02 10:16 are right, we actually have more than most of the g20! hahaha...generalisatings arent good dude. Gordhan is a good guy.

  • KCorsar - 2011-12-01 21:45

    Come on get real here, R60 000.00 for two nights in a Paris 5* hotel = EUR3000.00 a night - go Google Paris Hotels and see what pricing comes back to you, its all based on demand and where the hotel is for a little surprise hotels in Paris do cost as much as that. DA please do you homework properly and dont try use SA 5* hotel pricing as bench mark IT DOESNT WORK. I am not for one minute condoning excessive public spending but we have Ministers spending much more in SA.

  • Senzo Mathebula - 2011-12-01 21:58

    Give the minister a break! That's not bad at all... He wasn't visiting his girlfriend! Some CEO's spend more than that that on a weekend trip in Moz

      Van - 2011-12-02 06:13

      the ceo is not spending the taxpayers money. Slight difference.

      Ed - 2011-12-02 10:12

      hey the fine print: he was invited to an international finance meeting and the host country, as what often happens, organises everything, including security. do you expect him to stay in formula1 while the rest of the global ministers stay together? get real numnuts, it is not as if he does it every week...PS: he does also usually fly economy on local flights so get real.

  • SarelJBotha - 2011-12-01 22:09

    It is not like anyone readily expects them to do what is right, not with the track record of this current regime.

  • Damian - 2011-12-02 05:59

    South Africans are such prissys.

  • Silvana - 2011-12-02 06:30

    Sorry DA, you're are now seen to be on a witch hunt. R60 000 for a 2 night stay in a South African hotel is excessive, yes, but not necessarily in the European Union. Compare apples with apples!

  • Dewdawn - 2011-12-02 06:38

    Wonder who else was in the party with Gordhan? Maybe we should check Mac's where about's at this time? The Gravy Train riders are growing in numbers and the train is always booked out.

  • Peter - 2011-12-02 08:35

    The key word is responsible spending. Spend the govt money as if you were to pay for yourself with your own money. I went to france and spend a 20th of that amount on accommodation and it was very comfy and of a very good high standard.

  • swavka - 2011-12-02 08:47

    "Do as i say, not as i do" - where did he stay - in Versailles and how big was his entourage?

  • Warwick - 2011-12-02 09:21

    So we are all supposed to tighten our belts but any ahole linked to the ruling party in any way can have the best of everything at the taxpayers expense. Now dont get me wrong, I work for a large SA company who pays my travel and accomodation but believe me it is within reason. Any extras I pay for myself. Why do these people always spalsh out on the best when they are not paying for it. R30 000.00 rand a night?

  • ludlowdj - 2011-12-02 09:53

    Well at least it was for a real purpose, and to be honest 60 000 isn't even a drop in the money that the government has actually stolen over the last year.

  • Ed - 2011-12-02 10:09

    really happens, he is the most important person in the country and if invited to an international finance meeting, they go where the host country books them. its not as if he does it every week or month... sometimes the DA is a bit anal.

  • Hangwani - 2011-12-02 10:43

    To hell with this, he always speak about spending is way too high I mean two nites, this is stupid of him, hell, we dont need this in Mzanzi

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