Minister rakes up R600 000 in accommodation bills over three years

BY CHARL BOSCH - DECEMBER 8, 2015

The Department of Basic Education has come under renewed fire after revealing in reply to a parliamentary reply question by the Democratic Alliance (DA), that R594 999 was spent on accommodation for Minister Angie Motshekga over the past three years.

According to the reply, costs ranged from as little as R1 162 for a single night’s stay at the Riverdell B&B in Hillcrest two years ago, to R20 599 for three nights at the four-star Cascades Premier Hotel in East London last year.

A total of R19 926 was spent in April last year on a four-day stay at the five-star Fusion Boutique Hotel in Polokwane, while R7 540 was paid for one night at the five-star African Pride Irene Country Lodge in Centurion last year.

Internationally, a five-day stay at the five-star Royal Horseguards in London last January to attend a meeting of the Department of International Relations and Corporations, cost R71 895 while a seven-day stay at the five-star Hyatt Paris Madeleine in Paris the year before on a similar occasion, worked out at R63 693.

Out of the just over R125 000 forked out during the 2012 / 2013 financial year, R44 175 amounted to a weeklong stay at the four-star Tsogo Sun Hotel in Bloemfontein on “official business”, which, according to DA Shadow Minister of Education Gavin Davis, showed Motshekga used her Ministerial budget to attend the African National Congress’ (ANC) elective conference in December.

“We know that Minister Motshekga was a delegate at the ANC’s conference because her name is featured on the conference programme,” Davis said.

“In her reply to the parliamentary question, Minister Motshekga attempts to hide that she was in Bloemfontein on party business, citing “official meetings” as the reason for her visit to Bloemfontein. This dishonesty is unacceptable, especially in a reply to parliamentary question. She must not pretend she was in Bloemfontein on official business when she was clearly there for the ANC conference,” he said.

 

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