South Africa former Home affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has refused to pay back tax payers money unnecessarily lavished on his wife Norman Gigaba for her international trip that had no connection with the government.
That particular trip cost tax payers almost R900000.
In April, Taxpayers paid nearly R900‚000 for Gigaba’s spouse to accompany him on trips abroad‚ according to a reply to a parliamentary question.
DA finance spokesperson David Maynier said this was of concern as Gigaba was responsible for the implementation of cost containment measures within government as then Finance minister‚ and had regularly called for greater efficiency in the use of public funds.
Gigaba’s resignation this year from Cabinet, and Parliament does not, however, absolve him of wrongdoing. We must ensure that justice is served!
The amount is revealed in a written reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question.
Norma Gigaba accompanied Gigaba, who was then finance minister, to an investor conference in New York and roadshows in south-east Asia soon after his appointment by then President Jacob Zuma in November last year.
Norma Gigaba’s trips to New York and south-east Asia alone cost almost R140,000 for flights and included a daily travel allowance of nearly R16,000.
But the total cost to the fiscus of her accompanying her husband on his official business since April 2017 is reflected as more than R873,000.
The DA’s David Maynier, who asked the question, says that Norma Gigaba played no official role in the investor roadshows and conferences and that the taxpayer shouldn’t have to pay for what he describes as “a series of intercontinental shopping trips”.
Maynier says while the travel may be allowed in terms of the Ministerial Handbook, Gigaba should “do the right thing” and repay the money