President Jacob Zuma should consider
reprimanding Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina
Joemat-Pettersson for violating the executive ethics code, Public Protector
Thuli Madonsela said today.
Madonsela said the department’s acting director
general should recover about R150 000 Joemat-Pettersson unlawfully incurred for
return flights of her two children and their au pair from Sweden to South Africa in January 2010.
The minister travelled to Sweden in December 2009
on official business where she held meetings on matters relevant to her
The trip was combined with a family holiday, which
started at the end of the official trip on 23 December.
Joemat-Pettersson, however, had to cut the holiday
short when she was recalled by the Presidency and returned on 1 January 2010.
The return trips of the minister’s children and au
pair were paid for by the state in violation of the provisions of paragraph 3.4
of Chapter 6 of the Ministerial Handbook, in the amount of R151 878, Madonsela
found in her report.
The public protector also investigated whether the
minister used public funds in occupying expensive accommodation at hotels while
she was awaiting the allocation of her official residences in Cape Town and Pretoria.
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