DA condemns Xingwana's overseas trip

The DA believes Lulu Xingwana should be in SA sorting out her department instead of being abroad.

Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana. Picture: Giovanna Gerbi/EWN

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday demanded that Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities Lulu Xingwana report back to Parliament about her trip to New York.

The party said it was unacceptable that the minister was in the United States (US) for a convention, while her department faced several problems back at home.

Xingwana has come under fire in the past for spending millions on sprucing up her head office as well as her R6.8 million US trip in 2011.

DA MP Helen Lamoela said the minister did not have her priorities straight.

"It is rather disturbing to know that last Wednesday she could not do a proper presentation on the turnaround strategy of the department. They are not serious about the issues. While the house is burning, she is abroad."

The minister also came under fire for comments she made regarding Afrikaner men.

Xingwana told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that young Afrikaans men were raised to believe they owned women and children.

She has since apologised saying she was quoted out of context.

Meanwhile, the South African Human Rights Commission will go ahead with its investigation of hate speech against Xingwana following fresh complaints from the public.