Fikile Mbalula has reacted to AfriForum laying criminal charges against him, insisting that they got Busisiwe Mkhwebane's report wrong. This comes after the Public Protector released a report on the minister's R680 000 luxury holiday funded by Sedgars.
Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says that lobby group AfriForum has gotten their wires crossed over the Public Protector's findings on his Dubai family holiday.
Briefly.co.za reported that AfriForum had filed charges after the National Prosecuting Authority failed to prosecute Mbalula over Mkhwebane's report.
Mbalula has since spoken out on the matter, commenting that there was nothing untoward about the trip:
“So there is no public funds that have been embezzled, that I’ve stolen from Sedgars. And that was done above board, money was transferred to the travel agent, which was confirmed through me. So there is no concealment of anything of that particular sort."
News24 reports that Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found that the minister 'by all indications' enjoyed a holiday paid for with 'dirty money'.
AfriForum seemingly agrees with the Public Protector, saying that Mbalula's behaviour constituted the crime of corruption. Gerrie Nel will be keeping a close watch over the matters developments, according to the group.
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