Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams allegedly used taxpayers' money for vacation

Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams allegedly used taxpayers' money for vacation

- It is believed that Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams used thousands of tax money for her honeymoon

- The minister was in America for a conference but also travelled to Switzerland

- She took her husband with her without getting permission from President Ramaphosa

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Communications Minister Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams is accused of using taxpayers' money for her wedding anniversary celebrations.

Minister Ndabeni-Abrahams was in the United States for a conference that took place in New York. However, she also travelled to Switzerland to do shopping.

Her husband, Thato Abrahams, went along with her and this happened without President Ramaphosa's permission, according to IOL News.

The minister allowed her husband to attend official meetings as well.

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Briefly.co.za gathered that these trips took place in September last year. The minister and her husband got married in September 2012 and celebrated 7 years of marriage last year.

According to Sunday Independent, 2 return tickets worth R76 719.

Ministers are allowed to use their spouses along on trips but have to get permission first, but not necessarily from the president.

Ramaphosa's spokesperson, Khusela Diko, says he doesn't have to approve travel arrangement for children or spouses.

But they do need to follow the Ministerial Handbook.

This is contradictory because the Handbook states that the president must be approached for such permissions.

“Ministers and Deputy Ministers should approach the President in writing to request approval for the intended visit and in the event of a planned official visit abroad, such request should be at least two weeks prior to departure."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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