Minister’s trip to Switzerland cost taxpayers 540-thousand-Rands
By Khanyisa Tabata
14 October 2011
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela says Cooperative Governance Minister Sicelo Shiceka spent 540-thousand-Rands on a trip to Switzerland in 2008, not 367-thousand as had previously been reported.
She says the expenditure for the controversial trip constitutes a financial loss for government, as it was of no benefit or any value to the state. Madonsela has recommended that President Jacob Zuma take serious action against the Minister.
Meanwhile, there is mixed reaction to the Public Protector’s report. The DA and Cosatu say Shiceka should immediately be fired and also be made to pay back the money he has spent.
The ANC says however that President Zuma must be given time to come to an appropriate decision.