- President Cyril Ramaphosa has opted against taking any further action against Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula according to a report
- This follows the controversy involving unauthorised ANC members using an SANDF jet to travel to Zimbabwe on party business
- Ramaphosa confirmed that the funds had been paid back to the SANDF and the Minister's salary has been docked for three months
President Cyril Ramaphosa has said that he won't be taking any further disciplinary action against Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula over the scandal involving an ANC delegation travelling to Zimbabwe using an SANDF jet.
Responding to questions submitted in Parliament by the Democratic Alliance's Leon Schreiber, Ramaphosa had commented that he had no intention of taking the matter further:
"I do not intend to take any further action. I deem the reprimand given to the minister, the directive that three months' salary is donated to the Solidarity Fund, and the obligation to ensure that the costs of the trip are reimbursed by the political party are sufficient sanction."
News24 reports that the Ministerial Handbook prohibits the South African Air Force from providing transport to any government department for political party purposes.
TimesLIVE reported that the Minister had noted that the cost of the flight was R232 200, costing over R21 000 per person for the trip.
The publication quoted Ramaphosa as explaining that while the request had gone against requirements, he had approved the trip:
"The international trip was approved by me on 8 September. As I was not in Gauteng at the time, the approval was verbal and the relevant documentation was signed as soon as possible thereafter."
While the trip had Ramaphosa's approval, Mapisa-Nqakula's request had not explained any urgency and made no mention of the ANC delegation that would travel with her.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that the trip had seen the ANC accused of abusing state resources as their own.
The delegation had headed to Zimbabwe to address the challenges facing the nation, currently in the grips of a political and economic crisis.
The delegation had included the likes of ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule and former minister Nomvula Mokonyane.
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