Tourism via the Treasury
This Mampara has a knack of dipping into the public purse to please a romantic partner. In 2007, as deputy minister of home affairs, Malusi Gigaba was found to have violated his privileges when he used a department credit card to send flowers to his now former wife, with each bouquet costing up to R547. Eleven years later, Mr Gigampara has clearly not learnt his lesson. It emerged this week that as finance minister, he had the Treasury fork out more than R870 000 just so he could take his current wife, Noma, with him on a 10-day international investor roadshow to the US, Singapore and Japan — at a time he was telling cabinet colleagues and public servants to stop wasteful and frivolous spending. Now we know why this Mampara didn’t last a year as finance minister.