PSAM: Govt. must explain Dlamini-Zuma trip

The PSAM says government must explain whether it paid to fly Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to her new job.

Arrival of the New Chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on14 October 2012. Picture: African Union

JOHANNESBURG - The Public Service Accountability Monitor says government will have to explain whether it footed the bill to fly former Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to her new job in Addis Ababa as African Union Commission Chairperson.

On Saturday 13 October, an official Air Force Falcon 50 was used to fly Dlamini-Zuma, even though she is no longer a government official and is not entitled to the benefit.

The plane took off from the Waterkloof Air Force base and returned from Ethiopia the following day.

A photograph of the former minister disembarking from the plane with her entourage is on the African Union website with SA Air Force staff clearly visible.

The Department of Defence said transporting Dlamini-Zuma was an official task and would not comment further.

The accountability monitor spokesperson, Jay Kruuse, said funds need to be used in the interest of the public and that taxpayers should get value for their money.

He said it was important government explained why government, and not the African Union, transported the former minister.