Mbalula facing heat for lux Dubai trip after AfriForum lays charges

- AfriForum is set to lay criminal charges against Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula

- The lobby group is taking him on over his 2016 Dubai vacation, which cost around R700 000

- Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found he violated not only the executive ethics code, but the Constitution when Sedgars Sports paid for his holiday

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Fikile Mbalula will be heading the the legal arena to fight criminal charges placed against him by AfriForum.

The lobby group plans to lay charges against the transport minister over a possible conflict of interest concerning his Dubai family trip.

TimesLIVE reports that during his tenure as sports minister, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane had found he had violated codes when he allowed Sedgars Sports to foot the bill for the trip. reported that the Public Protector had found Mbalula had gone to Dubai without paying and with no idea how much it would cost him. Mkhwebane felt that this had been 'very irresponsible' as he had no clue whether or not he could afford the holiday.

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The minister is adamant that he had paid for the trip himself, insisting that he had loaned over R684 000 from Sedgars to help fund the luxury holiday.

The National Prosecuting Authority had been instructed to investigate whether the funds had links to money laundering.

AfriForum had vowed to keep an eye on the NPA, promising to prosecute if it failed to do do its jobs.

With no prosecution forthcoming, the lobby group will now be taking Mbalula on, with Advocate Gerrie Nel leading the team.

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