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