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DA demands answers from Mapisa-Nqakula

The DA wants the defence minister to explain in detail her trip to Tlokwe using a military helicopter.

FILE: Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: EWN

CAPE TOWN - Defence and Military Veterans Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula is trying to cover up facts about her trip using a military helicopter to Tlokwe in North West, the Democratic Alliance (DA) said on Wednesday.

The minister was in the area following protests by locals two months ago.

At the time, the ANC was dealing with internal tensions that led to the DA assuming the mayoral seat in the Tlokwe Local Municipality in Potchefstroom.

DA shadow defence minister David Maynier asked Mapisa-Nqakula to detail the reason for the flight, the names of the people who accompanied her and who she met with, as well as a breakdown of costs.

The Defence Ministry categorically denied that Mapisa-Nqakula broke any rules in using the chopper.

But Maynier says the minister's parliamentary reply falls short of full disclosure.

In her written reply, the minister says she used the air force helicopter to deal with a public security matter.

She says ministry staff flew with her, that she met various Tlokwe community leaders and that the department is yet to determine the cost.

Maynier is not satisfied with her response.

"The minister has failed to provide any of the details requested in my parliamentary question."

He believes the minister used the helicopter to deal with party business.