‘Diplo­matic mis­sions a dump­ing ground for MPs caught in scan­dal’

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PAR­LIA­MENT — The DA ac­cused the ANC of us­ing South Africa’s for­eign diplo­matic mis­sions as a “dump­ing ground for re­ject MPs” dur­ing a de­bate on the Depart­ment of In­ter­na­tional Re­la­tions and Co-op­er­a­tion (Dir co) y es­ter­day.

How­ever, Demo­cratic Al­liance MP Stevens Mok galapa’s c all f or this t o s top back­fired when Deputy Dirco Min­is­ter Llewellyn Lan­ders pointed out that f our DA MPs were also sent on mis­sions abr oad.

They were Tony Leon, Dou­glas Gibson, Sheila Camer er and Sandr a Bo tha.

But D A MP Sandy K alyan per sisted when it w as her turn t o spe ak, and f ocused on a num­ber of ANC of­fi­cials posted after scan­dals. She said the am­bas­sador to Mali, Chris Ng cobo, was found to have lied about his ma­tric; Mo­hau Phek o claimed to ha ve a doc torate, but it w as ob­tained f our y ears af ter the univ er­sity closed, and she bec ame am­bas­sador to Ja­pan. She said the “fall g uy” f or the land­ing o f the Gupta f am­ily’s pri­vate je t at Waterk­loof Air­foce Base in 2014, Bruce Kholoane, was given a diplo­matic post­ing in Ger­many .

“If you cheat and you lie you only have to sa y s orry and y ou keep your job,” she said. Ear­lier, Dirco Min­is­ter Maite NkoanaMash­i­ane said South A frica’s mis­sions abroad were con­tribut­ing to the coun­try’s eco­nomic gr owth.

How­ever, plans were afoot to cut down on mis­sions. — Ne ws24.

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