Dlodlo seeks le­gal ad­vice over claims

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - MAYIBONGWE MAQHINA

COM­MU­NI­CA­TIONS Min­is­ter Ayanda Dlodlo is look­ing into tak­ing le­gal ac­tion over al­le­ga­tions that she ac­cepted an of­fer from a French nu­clear com­pany to watch the French Open tennis tour­na­ment.

“On the French Open, shop­ping sprees and all that in Paris, the per­son who al­leges has the re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­vide proof,” she said. “I have handed this to my lawyers. It is some­thing that will have to take its course.

“Apart from that, it has been sent to the ethics com­mit­tee to deal with.”

She was speak­ing at a post-cab­i­net brief­ing af­ter the DA’s Phumzile van Damme said her party would re­fer her to the joint com­mit­tee on ethics for fail­ing to dis­close the ex­penses for a Dubai trip and a visit to the tour­na­ment.

“The DA has in­ter­ro­gated the 2015 Regis­ter of Mem­bers’ In­ter­ests and found that Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­is­ter, Ayanda Dlodlo, failed to de­clare her 2015 trip to Dubai, as well as her stay at the lux­u­ri­ous Oberoi Ho­tel when she was deputy min­is­ter of Pub­lic Ser­vice and Ad­min­is­tra­tion.

“Fur­ther al­le­ga­tions emerged yes­ter­day by for­mer ANC MP, Vytjie Men­tor, that Dlodlo ac­cepted an of­fer from a French nu­clear com­pany for a first-class flight to watch the tennis tour­na­ment, an ex­tended stay at a lux­ury ho­tel and a pos­si­ble shop­ping spree in 2009,” Van Damme said, adding the ex­penses were not de­clared.

Me­dia re­ports ear­lier this week re­vealed Dlodlo’s stay in Dubai was ar­ranged by Gupta-owned Sa­hara Com­put­ers. Busi­ness­man Fana Hlong­wane paid for all her ex­penses.

Dlodlo was quoted in the re­ports as hav­ing con­firmed that the trip had been ar­ranged be­tween her and Hlong­wane.

Yes­ter­day, she said she did not de­clare it while she was in the pub­lic ser­vice and ad­min­is­tra­tion port­fo­lio.

“On the other one, Dubai, that is true I did not de­clare the ben­e­fit of ac­com­mo­da­tion, but the ac­com­mo­da­tion did not go with all the other things that are al­leged.”

She said she would ex­plain when called to ap­pear be­fore the ethics com­mit­tee.

“I would like peo­ple to judge me on my work, on the way I con­duct my­self. Where there is wrong­do­ing I will ac­cept what­ever is meted out at what­ever fo­rum that will take dis­ci­plinary ac­tion against me if such were to hap­pen,” Dlodlo said.

Van Damme has re­ported her to the ethics com­mit­tee.

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