- David Kweli Nkosi was recently accused of trashing an apartment in Vienna, Austria, causing hundreds of thousands of rands damage
- Minister Naledi Pandor has now revealed that Nkosi was allegedly involved in a similar scenario in India
- In India, Nkosi caused damages of over R53 000, which was paid by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation; he has yet to pay that money back
A South African diplomat who allegedly trashed an apartment in Vienna, Austria has been accused of causing R53 612 worth of damages in India. Earlier this year, it was reported by various publications that an investigation had been launched into David Kweli Nkosi.
Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) Minister Naledi Pandor responded to a few questions tabled by the Democratic Alliance's Darren Bergman regarding Nkosi's allegedly trashing of the apartment in Austria.
According to Pandor, the total amount of damages incurred in Austria amounted to a whopping R713 988. There are currently no plans in place to pay back the damages, Pandor explained.
A report by News24 stated that Pandor revealed that during a previous posting in India, Nkosi allegedly caused the R53k damages. Pandor stated that Dirco had paid for the damages incurred in India but Nkosi had not paid the department back yet.
AfriForum recently wrote a letter to Minister Pandor and her department, requesting that Nkosi pay for the damages in Austria out of his own pocket. AfriForum made mention of taxpayers not being responsible for Nkosi's alleged damaging of property.
Previously, Briefly News reported that Naledi Pandor said the money spent on accommodation and office space by her department on a trip to New York was an 'embarrassment'. The money was reportedly spent on land that did not exist.
Pandor was answering questions during a sitting of the National Assembly when she faced questions from Economic Freedom Fighters' (EFF) Thembi Msane and the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Mergan Chetty.
News24 previously reported that the money spent to house South African diplomats in New York in 2019 resulted in nothing as the piece of land simply did not exist. The trip to New York was a fact-finding mission.
Msane said there had to be political casualties due to the amount of money spent. Pandor responded in agreement with Msane, adding that they are in court to recover R118 million.
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