Sisulu tells MPs to 'stop spreading lies'
A statement claiming Minster Lindiwe Sisulu used VIP jets more than 200 times has been withdrawn.
CAPE TOWN - A written reply to Parliament, which claimed that former defence minister Lindiwe Sisulu used VIP jets more than 200 times, has been withdrawn for being incorrect and misleading.
The issue came to a head in the National Assembly this week when Sisulu, who is now minister of public service and administration, was questioned about the issue.
While Sisulu denied the claims in the house, she lashed out at Democratic Alliance (DA) MP David Maynier on Tuesday.
"You can keep your flea-infested body at peace and sit down," Sisulu told Maynier.
At the time, a visibly rattled Sisulu maintained she only used the luxury jet 35 times.
But in a previously Parliamentary reply, the Defence Ministry said she had travelled on the jet more than 200 times.
Earlier, Sisulu's spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya announced that this reply had been withdrawn.
"We have received a letter from the minister that the reply has been withdrawn."
Sisulu now wants MPs to "stop spreading lies."