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DA slams Dlamini on hotel spending

2012-12-09 17:34

Johannesburg - Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini spent R764 742 between June 2009 and August last year, the DA said on Sunday.

Democratic Alliance social development spokesperson Mike Waters said in a statement that Dlamini spent 145 nights in luxury hotels.

However, the minister's spokesperson Lumka Oliphant said the expenditure was a necessary part of her job.

"The very nature of the minister's work is working with the poor, who are in very rural areas of the country which require her to be constantly out of the office together with her staff."

Waters said the information was recently received in response to a Promotion of Access to Information Act application submitted more than a year ago.

"The detailed invoices received by the DA shows that Minister Dlamini has a preference for five and six star establishments such as the Radisson Blu and One and Only Hotels in Cape Town, the Hilton in Durban and Intercontinental Sandton Towers Hotel."

Waters said he would submit parliamentary questions asking in which city Dlamini's official residence was located.

"If the minister has an official residence in the cities where she spent so much time in luxury hotels, I will ask the Public Protector to investigate Minister Dlamini for wasteful expenditure..."

Oliphant responded: "It is mischievous of the DA to call the Minister's stay at the hotels 'a spending spree'".

The department's policy provided for staff members to stay at four star hotels, while the minister was entitled to a five star hotel stay.

"It would be best if the DA compared the minister's work with the work she does outside the office and Parliament trying to reach the poorest of the poor of this country," she said.

She noted that the DA had not asked what Dlamini was doing on the dates she was staying in the hotels.

Dlamini did more Public Participation Programmes (PPP) than any other present Cabinet minister, said Oliphant.

While she was required to do 10 PPPs each year, Dlamini did more than five times that, she said.

This was in addition to her work on international organisations such as the United Nations' International Advisory Group on Aids, which she co-chairs.

"... The DA has deliberately chosen to trivialise this sterling effort aimed at alleviating the plight of our people simply because it chooses expediency of cheap political point-scoring," Oliphant said.

Comments
  • spha.mncube - 2012-12-09 17:54

    Why such a defensive attitude?? G

      Jack - 2012-12-10 21:42

      I never said she could spend my tax money on a 5 star hotel. I can't even afford to take a vacation in a 2 star hotel. 'Entitled?' Since when?

  • motho.batho.98 - 2012-12-09 18:22

    There are cheaper motels in most rural areas, why doesn't she use them instead of expensive hotels?

      fussed.anderson - 2012-12-10 06:12

      The very nature of the minister's work is working with the poor, who are in very rural areas of the country which require her to be constantly out of the office together with her staff." Now plwase tell me, How RURAL is The one and only Hotel?????

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-12-10 13:02

      The minister spent an average of R5274 per night. Where do you find hotels that cost this sort of money in poor rural communities. And how can you justify staying in hotels in the same city as you have an official residence? Even if the minister is doing a good job it does not excuse wasteful expenditure.

      Jack - 2012-12-10 21:46

      Someone in Soweto should build a shack and call it Chateau de Riche and put 5 gold stars on it. Our Ministers can then be channeled there. Half of them wouldn't know the difference.

  • jenny.nel.92 - 2012-12-09 19:00

    The DA scores 10/10 for their persistence, determination and resilience. They do not give up. They drag the ruling party's appalling fiscal irresponsibility and blatant greed into the spotlight at every opportunity (and the ruling party, with their insatiable greed, complete lack of integrity and utter incompetence certainly provide opportunities a-plenty). Thank you DA. If the ANC pushes the secrecy bill thru, and they will, we will have no way of knowing how much they steal and lie, and how completely they fail in every sphere of government.

  • john.thelps - 2012-12-09 19:28

    I like this one "working with the poor" more like stealing from the poor!!!!

  • goyougoodthing - 2012-12-09 19:46

    ""The detailed invoices received by the DA shows that Minister Dlamini has a preference for five and six star establishments such as the Radisson Blu and One and Only Hotels in Cape Town, the Hilton in Durban and Intercontinental Sandton Towers Hotel."" Hardly in rural areas these hotels... pathetic excuse from another thief.

      goyougoodthing - 2012-12-09 19:48

      I'd like to see where she stays in 'rural areas as her staff say "The very nature of the minister's work is working with the poor, who are in very rural areas of the country which require her to be constantly out of the office together with her staff." As far as I am aware, The Radisson isn't rural, neither is the Hilton not the One and Only.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-12-09 20:20

    R 5000 a night, must be entertaining the poor?

  • sipho.zuma.796 - 2012-12-09 21:12

    You can't say you care for the poor if you spend that much on hotel stays for yourself. Honestly.... priorities...

  • Jason - 2012-12-09 21:13

    Shame. The poor she is "serving" are living in zinc shacks while she revels in 5-star luxury. Disgraceful.

  • ian.robertreid - 2012-12-09 21:42

    Diamini it,s easy 2 spend other peoples money isn,t it? No hope whilst there is no control over these people is there?

  • louissouthafrica - 2012-12-09 23:05

    Well done DA!!! Keep on exposing the cheats. Their expenditure is all for their own gain. We will all believe that they do their job, when you can see a change in the areas they "work" in.

  • chris.whittaker.9047 - 2012-12-10 05:51

    The One

  • camilla.a.dixon - 2012-12-10 05:55

    Its ironic she stays in luxurious hotels

  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-12-10 07:33

    Part of her job you say? She could have made use of guesthomes. She obviously do not care about the poor. Oooh yes I forgot this government does not care about the poor, its all about selfenrichment.

  • sisie.indola - 2012-12-10 08:04

    I didn't know they had 5 and 6 star hotels in rural areas - shows you, you learn something new every day.

  • khumo.lebone - 2012-12-10 08:06

    A 3-star establishment would do for the gooks following the minister around and maybe a 4-star would do for the minister. Why go for a 5 or 6-star with tax payer's money??

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-12-10 08:08

    Her work is "working with the poor" ? What a fuc@king joke. Very sensitive of her to stay only in posh hotels. You scum bag

  • altus.kirsten - 2012-12-10 08:11

    Spend untill there is nothing left. It's the ANC way!

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-12-10 08:15

    Not surprising that the minister does five times the required field visits. Nice work if you can get it hey.

  • denton.estment - 2012-12-10 08:52

    Ministers and Govt officials are paid servants of taxpayers. therefor they should be allowed S & T(subsitance and travel allowances that cover maximum 3 star accommodation and regular commercial flights and not ist or business class also 1600cc motor cars.

  • apgreeff - 2012-12-10 10:49

    Would she have stayed in these hotels for her own account? I doubt, but as she is not paying, is it not nice to be treated in the lap of luxury on the tax payers account? 'Working with the poor in rural areas'? Is Cape Town, Durban and Sandton nowadays in the rural areas? I thought rural will be in Matatiele, Van Wyksvlei, Garies, Dendron or Lephalale. If the poor lives in 'rural areas' such as Khaelitsha or Dobsonville or Chatsworth, then surely there is more affordable hotels available. The tax payer probably book into the City Lodge (or similar) or a guest house due to cost and proximity to the area of work but not the minister..The minister needs to live the high life on someone else's account. A better proposal - those she works with would probably appreciate her efforts more if she stays right in the midst of the comnmunity she serves. Her status will increase tremendously by doing that (and driving around in a Polo or Toyota in stead of the most expensive Germany has on offer!). Get a life, minister.

  • erneyb - 2012-12-10 11:48

    I hope that the honourable minister, whilst staying in 4-star hotels as part of her duties, host at least some 4-star cocktail parties in reaching out to the poorest of the poor ?

  • ruandacoe - 2012-12-10 12:37

    It is becoming urgent that the taxpayers stop paying tax. Pravin Ghordan is also just paying lip service to saying that taxpayers'money should not be wasted. Convene a committee to urgently and immediately rewrite the ridiculous ministerial handbook. All ministers should for instance only drive 220 Mercedes with their dept log on the doors WITHOUT their typical delusional guards thinking their ministers will be recognised or attacked. Town or city councillors should not go overseas on study tours but rather enroll at universities to study municipal planning and administration as should stupid and ignorant MECs.

  • dan.okey.90 - 2012-12-10 13:36

    If subconsciously the minister can elaborate to the ordinary people that spending money to such magnitude to hotels is relevant, let it be, but if lies is the order of the day in his or her part history will prevail . Cheers.

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