Spendthrift minister to be probed

2011-04-14 17:13

Cape Town - Parliament's ethics committee has asked the public protector to probe reports of abuse of public funds by Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Sicelo Shiceka.

"We wish to refer this matter to your office in terms of clause 4 (1) of the Executive Members' Ethics Act," the co-chairpersons of the committee, Ben Turok and Lemias Mashile, wrote in a letter sent to the public protector on Thursday.

The Sunday Times reported that Shiceka spent R640 000 in one year on rooms for himself and staff at the One & Only hotel in Cape Town, flew to Switzerland first class to visit a girlfriend in jail and hired a limousine to drive him to the prison.

The newspaper said the trip to Bern cost the taxpayer R367 000 in total, and Shiceka had passed it off as official business related to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.

Shiceka has claimed that the Sunday Times based the story on fabricated documents. However, he admitted to spending over R55 000 for one night at the One & Only.

"What is wrong with that? Every other hotel was full," the newspaper quoted him as saying.


  • 50something - 2011-04-14 17:45

    The arrogance of this bastard - it is MY money that he spent, not his own. Is there one minister in parliament that does not abuse public (your and my) money? This culture of entitlement is costing us dearly. Driving in limousines and sipping champagne in expensive hotel rooms while your fellow freedom fighters suffer in the chettos - idiot. A girlfriend in jail - that says it all. LOL

  • DerpyHooves - 2011-04-14 17:47

    Thumbs up, if you think Sicelo should also be probed - Alien Abduction style.

  • Mike Webber - 2011-04-14 17:55

    Typical ANC thief !!! Take the food out of poor people's mouths to feed their own greed !!! Pathetic ANC !!! ps - to the minister that's about to be 'probed'. Bring your own lube.

  • Nimmik - 2011-04-14 18:08

    after the probe, what happens then - ABSOLUTELY NOTHING - he will not lose his job,have to sell his houses to pay back the tax payers money or go to jail. He will be given some cushy job in the back ground, probably with a higher salary and continue wasting OUR money.

  • marco - 2011-04-14 18:16

    Corruption in South Africa's ruling ANC Goverment is as follows as was published by professor Micheal Savage,a sociologist,in a survey he conducted in Cape Town entitled "Theft,fraud and violence:South African MPs do it all".He says this:A culture of impunity has made the South African parliament one of the most scandal-ridden in the world whereby MPs are arrested for drunken driving,shoplifting,fraud and corruption offences.Of the 535 MPs,29 have been guilty of domestic violence,7 have been arrested for fraud,19 accussed of bouncing cheques,117 have been involved in at least 2 businesses that have gone bankrupt,71 cannot obtain a credit card 'cause of bad credit ratings,14 have been arrested on drug-related charges,8 arrested for shoplifting,84 arrested for drunken driving.Tony Yengeni,former chief whip in the Anc, who was convicted for fraud in 2003 while chairing the country's defence commitee says this of their ANC elite:"What does the high court got to do with my life?I don't have to ask permission from them to do certain things...When asked about his numurous luxury cars which includes a MASERATI and 2 BMW's he replied "many other people have cars including white people who still have all the wealth of this country".For those brought up in the townships politics becomes the doorway to self-enrichment.Survivalism in SA is seen as political entitlement.Few MP's ever goes to prison.We all remeber Travelgate where dozens of MPs were caught defrauding parliament by exchanging the travel vouchers for cash in collusion with accredited travel agents

  • call a spade - 2011-04-14 18:23

    he admitted to spending over R55 000 for ONE NIGHT at the One & Only NO way this can be for accommodation. What the hell did he spent it on? Probably inviting his friends for gambling and entertainment. How disgusting.

  • Reaperman - 2011-04-14 18:39

    "The Sunday Times reported that Shiceka spent R640 000 in one year on rooms for himself and staff at the One & Only hotel in Cape Town" - hahahahha, what a idiot... It was not on staff, it was on his sangoma whom he took with him, and he admitted to it!!.. news24, why are you now changing your story? WTF???

  • DiePriester - 2011-04-14 18:44

    What is she in for?

  • michael.e.bowery - 2011-04-14 19:13

    Why be surprised. They were crooks before they came back from exile when they were spending anti apartheid money and In additon, aid money gathered for them by Peter Hain the disgraced British Labour Minister. The show goes on and until the sheep which are the ANC faithful wake up it will continue.

  • ariete - 2011-04-14 20:42

    I was in Cape Town recently and there wasn't much accommodation (The Argus weekend). We stayed at a B&B which was quite pricey (R800 per night). Apparently it is where the Queen of Norway stays when she visits SA. If royalty can stay in a B&B, I don't see why a public servant cannot do the same - I can't afford to stay at the one&only, but I have to subsidize all these self-important non-delivering nobodies to live on the high hog !

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