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Mapisa-Nqakula avoids reply to question

By Sapa | Aug 28, 2014 | COMMENTS [ 37 ]

The minister of defence refused to answer a question in Parliament over a claim that R100,000 was spent on a first-class air ticket for the head of the SA National Defence Force, Beeld reported on Thursday.

Replying to questions in the National Assembly on Wednesday, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula said she considered it a follow-up to a previous question on oversight, and would not answer it.

The Democratic Alliance had referred to a trip General Solomon Shoke took to Malaysia with Emirates, and had asked what Mapisa-Nqakula was doing to keep costs down and to stay in line with a National Treasury directive forbidding first-class flights.

DA MP David Maynier submitted that Shoke's flight showed the department was its own enemy and wasted millions of rand, even though it was in trouble.

When Mapisa-Nqakula refused to answer, DA chief whip John Steenhuisen objected and said it was not up to her to decide whether she was going to answer a question or not.

Mapisa-Nqakula eventually said: "Yes there are cost saving measures."

The DA said on Monday it would ask the auditor general to investigate the flight issue.

COMMENTS [ 37 ]

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RobinX

Of course this oversized benchwarmer is going to avoid the issue, as she always does. And then she has the gall to suggest that others are "trampling" the principles of democracy. She disgusts me.

Aug 28, 2014 10:25 | 1 replies

Mokwepa

i dnt agri baba

Aug 28, 2014 10:26 | 2 replies

RobinX

And I don't care.

Aug 28, 2014 10:45 | 0 replies

MommaC

Don't cry, Mokwepa. Not everyone is suitable for agriculture. Your family loves you ..... I think

Aug 28, 2014 11:6 | 1 replies
Aug 28, 2014 11:14 | 0 replies

MommaC

What I want to know is why General Solomon Shoke went to Malaysia in the first place? Are we now declaring war on Malaysia or are the generals now in charge of buying palm oil?

Aug 28, 2014 10:27 | 1 replies

Whiz

Maybe he went to see, what they have on offer, when it comes to military hardware. People tend to forget the exchange rate, with a two way ticket to Malaysia, plus hotel costs in 5 star R100,000 is peanuts. If zille went, she would have spent the same...

Aug 28, 2014 11:30 | 2 replies

MommaC

What military hardware does Malaysia make? The only think in Malaysia is damn palm oil! Are we going to shoot people with cooking oil now? .... actually, that could be quit funny!

Aug 28, 2014 11:34 | 0 replies

eisenherz

if Zille went, it would not have been tax payers money

Aug 28, 2014 2:5 | 0 replies

D-zel_3.0

Whizz, the DA played by the rules; how did that help them when Nqakula refused to answer the question and instead foicused on how she can throw her substantial weight around telling us she will not be bullied when all that was requested was the truth?

Aug 28, 2014 10:31 | 1 replies

ytieduniS

D-zel_3.0 - Well, there are channels to follow if this is the case. The DA will now go to the auditor general for an investigation.

Aug 28, 2014 11:10 | 1 replies

Whiz

Dzel, the DA seem to ask the same question twice, which is stupid dude.

Aug 28, 2014 11:16 | 2 replies

D-zel_3.0

Its not about how many times the question was asked, she was supposed to answer regardless, what is what accountability is all about.

Aug 28, 2014 11:44 | 0 replies

eisenherz

if you were to get an answer, there would ne no need to repeat the question

Aug 28, 2014 2:6 | 0 replies

Shredder

EFF style of demanding answers is the way to go. This point of order thing is the one they hide behind.

Aug 28, 2014 10:34 | 1 replies

Babigall

True Shredder, EFF is doing good with its style

Aug 28, 2014 10:41 | 1 replies

Whiz

With that "style" they will just be banned from parly, you fool !!

Aug 28, 2014 11:13 | 0 replies

Babigall

ANC being exposed in all levels!! Habashwe!!!!

Aug 28, 2014 10:41 | 0 replies

Papage

and they try to shift the attention to Malema while they are busy stealing from us, These ANC Government Ministers are corrupt to their asses

Aug 28, 2014 10:43 | 0 replies

jay'em

it frustrate when you ask a simple question and you get point of order as an answer. ANC dem snipers

Aug 28, 2014 10:54 | 0 replies

staalin

#pay back the money # answer the question its your job

Aug 28, 2014 10:56 | 0 replies

mpundulwana

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ANC and money thieving. Nosiviwe and her ARROGANCE again. Nosiviwe, its us saying this to you "WE CANNOT STAND AND LOOK WHILE YOU TAKE OUR DEMOCRACY" do you remember!!!!!Hhhhhhhhhhhhhaaaaahahhaaaah!!!! Which class do you fly? CARGO

Aug 28, 2014 11:0 | 2 replies

RobinX

HA HA HA. Cargo! I love it. Labelled "ABNORMAL LOAD".

Aug 28, 2014 11:16 | 0 replies

BOKKER

LOL But it wasnt for her it was for Solly Shoke

Aug 28, 2014 11:41 | 0 replies

Mr.Rise

Isn't within the limits of the ministerial handbook? If not, the money must be paid back then...

Aug 28, 2014 11:13 | 0 replies

Guptanistan1

Just another violent anc thief!!!

Aug 28, 2014 11:17 | 0 replies