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Cabinet minister's big hotel bills

By Sapa | Dec 10, 2012 | COMMENTS [ 21 ]

Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini spent R764,742 between June 2009 and August last year, the DA says

Democratic Alliance social development spokesman Mike Waters said in a statement that Dlamini spent 145 nights in luxury hotels.  

However, the minister’s spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant said the expenditure was a necessary part of her job.  

“The very nature of the minister’s work is working with the poor, who are in very rural areas of the country which require her to be constantly out of the office together with her staff.” 

Waters said the information was recently received in response to a Promotion of Access to Information Act application submitted more than a year ago.  

“The detailed invoices received by the DA shows that Minister Dlamini has a preference for five and six star establishments such as the Radisson Blu and One and Only Hotels in Cape Town, the Hilton in Durban and Intercontinental Sandton Towers Hotel.” 

Waters said he would submit parliamentary questions asking in which city Dlamini’s official residence was located. 

“If the minister has an official residence in the cities where she spent so much time in luxury hotels, I will ask the Public Protector to investigate Minister Dlamini for wasteful expenditure...” 

Oliphant responded: “It is mischievous of the DA to call the Minister’s stay at the hotels ’a spending spree’”.

The department’s policy provided for staff members to stay at four star hotels, while the minister was entitled to a five star hotel stay.

“It would be best if the DA compared the minister’s work with the work she does outside the office and Parliament trying to reach the poorest of the poor of this country,” she said.  

She noted that the DA had not asked what Dlamini was doing on the dates she was staying in the hotels.  

Dlamini did more Public Participation Programmes (PPP) than any other present Cabinet minister, said Oliphant.   While she was required to do 10 PPPs each year, Dlamini did more than five times that, she said.   This was in addition to her work on international organisations such as the United Nations’ International Advisory Group on Aids, which she co-chairs.  

“... The DA has deliberately chosen to trivialise this sterling effort aimed at alleviating the plight of our people simply because it chooses expediency of cheap political point-scoring,” Oliphant said. 

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"Helping the poor" but staying in 5 and 6 star hotels while doing so. Spending R700,000 in the process.

Dec 10, 2012 10:24 | 0 replies

@Whats good about this poor minister. She lost the case against AllPay in the SASSA tender scandal. She is the worst minister I have ever worked for.

Dec 10, 2012 8:12 | 0 replies

We are no longer interested on the DA findings. Can all the DA people learn, if you want us to take you serious, you should have said minister Dlamini should have spent R700 on accommodation but she spent R770 000. Further than that please show us how much are DA mp,s and your madam is spending in hotel accommodation. It's hard to believe that only ANC public representative are using expensive accomodation. jealousy aside, R764'000 in 36months is not much. This DA members must not pretend as if they do not know that hotels are expensive. For your information a minister bookings include various security staff members. Unless the DA wants us to believe that If you are a black minister you must always draw a caravan with a van and sleep there just to avoid the big mouth of this Devil Association. To hell with the DA.

Dec 10, 2012 9:28 | 0 replies

Ndokza - That is alot of money that could have gone to uplifting the poor. Which is her mandate right? If the MP stayed in a 4 star hotel, the bill would have been reduced to R300,000. Leaving her R400,000 to help the poor. That could have bought 400 families groceries for one month, or build homes for 20 families.

Dec 11, 2012 7:27 | 0 replies

Relative to Tina Jooma - she is living frugally. But staying in hotels in the big city must leave very little time for travelling to the rural areas - how did she get any actual work done.

Dec 11, 2012 7:31 | 0 replies

well this is marie Antoinette "let them have cakes" minister staying in a five star hotel to cater for thepoor who are staying in shacks wow she is really a good minister ,

Dec 11, 2012 7:35 | 0 replies

"The very nature of the minister’s work is working with the poor, who are in very rural areas of the country which require her to be constantly out of the office together with her staff.”

What a contradictory statement if this ugly minister cared or as stated that she works with the poor why stay in plush hotels then? Why can't she find a average accomodation such as B&B in those communities she visits? Answers please I need to offload somesh....

Dec 11, 2012 7:40 | 0 replies

The ANC struggle heroes think it's time for them to pay themselves for the lost times instead of doing logical things for a better Mzansi.........

Dec 11, 2012 8:37 | 0 replies

Another kick to the stomach for the poor.

Dec 11, 2012 11:27 | 0 replies

These ladies they think they are there to spend their man's monies on a spending spree, this is not the first lady to chou the hell out of the states money, I mean really?

Dec 10, 2012 3:44 | 0 replies

"However, the minister’s spokeswoman Lumka Oliphant said the expenditure was a necessary part of her job." over R700K. whatever happened to formula1? imufanele nx sies. can you imagine how many mouths would have been feed with this amount?

Nx angazosijwayela kabi, PAY IT BACK!!!!

Dec 10, 2012 2:37 | 0 replies