Defence minister’s pay docked over use of military plane

Her decision to let the delegation join her on the flight had been an “error of judgement”.
Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula Image: Supplied (GCIS)

South Africa’s president has reprimanded defence minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and docked her pay for three months for taking a delegation to Zimbabwe on an air force plane, his office said.

The opposition Democratic Alliance had accused Mapisa-Nqakula of misusing state resources by letting the group from the ruling African National Congress (ANC) travel with her to Harare in September.

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The presidency said late on Saturday Mapisa-Nqakula had been on an official trip. But her decision to let the delegation – who were travelling to Zimbabwe on unrelated business – join her on the flight had been an “error of judgement”.

It said President Cyril Ramaphosa had told Mapisa-Nqakula in a letter that this was not in keeping with her responsibilities as a cabinet minister.

The minister had been given a formal reprimand, a “salary sacrifice” had been imposed on her for three months from Nov. 1 and she would have to make sure the ANC reimbursed the state for the costs of the flight, the presidency added.

A defence ministry spokesman did not immediately respond to requests for comment from the minister. Mapisa-Nqakula herself did not immediately respond to a message sent on LinkedIn.

Ramaphosa has pledged to clean up the ANC’s reputation after a decade of scandals under his predecessor Jacob Zuma.

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You should have fired her Mr President.

This is the person that will have to exercise her “judgement” at a time of a military conflict and risking peoples live !!

God help us all !!!

If you believe this story you’ll believe anything!

In a real democracy she will take responsibility for her abuse of government assets and resign. The president should have given her the opportunity to resign or fire her. There should be no other outcome.

what about the other idiots who left the country in violation of Disaster legislation – borders being closed etc. Did they go through immigration, Customs etc?
come on Ramadonothing ….

Maybe the President should resign.

He seems incapable of running the country and holding his cadres to account. Total free for all.

The sugar coating does not work.

Sadly Ramaphosa is a bit like Trump in that he is only there as the alternative seems worse.

did CR know about this? If he did he is just as guilty as Nqakula if not he doesn’t know what is going on in his government! …..of course he knew.

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