President Ramaphosa cuts back minister's salary over Zimbabwe trip

President Ramaphosa cuts back minister's salary over Zimbabwe trip

- President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's salary is to be docked for the next three months

- This decision was taken so that the ANC can reimburse the state for the trip taken to Zimbabwe earlier this month that might've broken lockdown regulations

- The president takes this transgression seriously given Mapisa-Nqakula's high position in the government

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The Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula must surrender her salary for the next three months. This came to be after President Cyril Ramaphosa issued her a "formal reprimand".

Earlier in September, a number of ANC members including the secretary-general Ace Magashule embarked on a trip to Zimbabwe using a state-owned aircraft. Magashule has since admitted that the decision was the wrong one and said they would pay back the costs of the trip.

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On Saturday evening, Ramaphosa issued a statement which announced a reprimand for Minister Mapisa-Nqakula. It stated that her salary would be docked in order for the ANC to refund the state for the trip.

President Ramaphosa cuts back minister's salary over Zimbabwe trip
President Ramaphosa cuts back Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula's salary over Zimbabwe trip. (Photo by Phill Magakoe/Gallo Images via Getty Images)
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The statement further read: "The president has further sanctioned the minister by imposing a salary sacrifice on the minister’s salary for three months, starting from November 1, 2020. Her salary for the three months should be paid into the Solidarity Fund, which was established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic."

Ramaphosa also found that Mapisa-Nqakula did not act in the best interests of good governance as required by the Executive Members Code, did not follow legal protocol when coming to the use of state resources and acted in a manner which was inconsistent with her position as a minister.

The sanctions given to the minister highlighted how the president takes her transgressions seriously, given her high position in the government.

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