DA questions Minister's Tlokwe trip

DA is accusing the Defence Minister of trying to cover up reasons for her trip to NW.

Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday accused Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula of trying to cover up the facts about her trip by military helicopter to Tlokwe in the North West during community protests two months ago.

At the time the African National Congress (ANC) was dealing with internal tensions that led to the DA assuming the mayoral seat in the municipality.

DA Member of Parliament (MP) David Maynier asked Mapisa-Nqakula to detail the reason for the flight as well as provide a breakdown of the costs.

In her written reply, Mapisa-Nqakula said she used the air force helicopter to deal with a public security matter.

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

But Maynier wasn't satisfied.

"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 and wants to take the matter forward.

The Defence Department has categorically denied the minister broke any rules.