President Ramaphosa reprimands Mapisa-Nqakula for ANC trip to Zimbabwe

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President Cyril Ramaphosa says Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula will not receive her salary for three months, starting from November 1, 2020.

Ramaphosa says Mapisa-Nqakula did not act in the interest of good governance and failed to act within the law when she transported an ANC delegation to Zimbabwe on an SANDF government aircraft earlier this month.

He has opted to reprimand Mapisa-Nqakula after considering her report on the matter.

Mapisa-Nqakula’s salary will be paid into the Solidarity Fund, which was established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

The President furthermore directed Mapisa-Nqakula to make sure that the ANC reimburses the state for the cost of the flight to Harare and to report to him once that has been done.

Mixed reaction to ANC’s Zimbabwe trip reimbursement:

Public Protector to investigate the use of state funds by ANC

The Public Protector’s Office says it will investigate the use of state funds and resources for party interests by the African National Congress (ANC) after its delegation travelled to Zimbabwe.

This is despite the ANC apologising and agreeing to pay back the costs incurred on the trip.

The Public Protector’s spokesperson Oupa Segalwe said, “The PP will be investigating on the basis of three complaints from AfriForum, Freedom Front Plus (FF-Plus) and the African Transformation Movement (ATM) – the last two complainants are from political parties represented in Parliament.”

“They want her to investigate different aspects of the matter. It does not matter whether any of the players in the matter have decided to make amends, it is important for the PP to establish what happened, who did what and whether what they did was in compliance with the law,” added Segalwe.

The ANC says it will pay back the costs incurred to fly the party’s delegation:

Story by: Mamokete Marumo