Tourism via the Trea­sury

Sunday Times - - Opinion -

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.

Malusi Gi­gaba

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