Johannesburg – The Presidency said that the release of Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula’s report into a controversial African National Congress (ANC) trip to Zimbabwe was proof that the executive was committed to transparency.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has made public the documents related to the saga. The documents can be accessed on The Presidency’s website through the following links:
- Document 1: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/content/document-1-initial-report-minister-defence-zimbabwe-flight
- Document 2: http://www.thepresidency.gov.za/content/document-2-supplementary-report-minister-defence-zimbabwe-flight
The minister came under fire after she abused state resources by giving senior ANC delegation a lift on a military plane to Zimbabwe.
In her report, Mapisa-Nqakula admits that in hindsight it would have been prudent to inform the office of the president beforehand that she would b e transporting the group of officials.
The Presidency’s Tyrone Seale said: “The publication of the minister’s initial and supplementary reports to the president is informed by the president’s commitment to transparency. The president has since issued the minister with a formal reprimand. The president has also directed the minister to make sure that the political party reimburses the state for the costs of the flight to Harare.”