Gigaba slammed for using R800 000 on wife’s international ‘shopping trips’

Gigaba slammed for using R800 000 on wife’s international ‘shopping trips’

- The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed Malusi Gigaba’s use of taxpayer money to pay for his wife to accompany him on international trips

- The DA described these trips as ‘intercontinental shopping trips’

- These trips were, however, not breaking any rules set out in the Ministerial Handbook

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The Democratic Alliance (DA) has slammed Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s use of taxpayer money to pay for his wife, Norma, to accompany him on various international trips while he served as minister of finance.

The DA’s shadow minister of finance David Maynier asked Gigaba if Norma accompanied him on any international trips during his tenure as finance minister and if she did how much each trip had cost.

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According to Gigaba’s reply revealed a total of R873 366.68 was spent on international trips for Norma alone. She accompanied Gigaba to China, the UK, the US and other countries.

Briefly.co.za gathered that Maynier described these trips as ‘intercontinental shopping trips’. He admitted that these trips did not violate any of the rules as set out in the Ministerial Handbook.

“The fact is Norma Gigaba had no official duties on the investor roadshows and taxpayers, who have been pushed to the limit by tax increases, should never have had to cough up for what were, in reality, a series of intercontinental shopping trips.”

Maynier said: “In the end, even if the expenses are in line with the guidelines set out in the Ministerial Handbook it was simply wrong and the minister should do the right thing and “pay back the money” to National Treasury.”

Gigaba is already facing troubled times for lying under oath in court in his fight with Oppenheimer-owned Fireblade Aviation. He has also come under pressure from MPs for telling untruths about how the Guptas obtained their South African citizenship.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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