Sisulu accused of using R11m for flights

The DA’s David Maynier says Lindiwe Sisulu has misused her privileges as a cabinet minister.

FILE: Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu. Picture: Barry Bateman/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has been accused of abusing public money, following reports today that she racked up an R11 million bill for chartered flights while at the helm of the defence ministry.

Democratic Alliance Member of Parliament David Maynier says the former defence minister should have been using commercial flights instead of a private jet at the taxpayer's expense over the three year period.

The Sunday Times is reporting Sisulu and her counterpart minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula are embroiled in a bitter row over the details of the hefty bill.

Maynier says Sisulu has misused her privileges as a cabinet minister.

"This is a staggering abuse of public money and contravenes the guidelines set out in the ministerial hand book."

In January this year, North West Premier Thandi Modise's office defended her purchase of a new BMW 750i, which cost R1.3 million, saying reports suggesting the acquisition was a snub at Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan's call for cost cutting are disingenuous, absurd and malicious.

Auditor General Kimi Makwetu revealed in February irregular expenditure rose from R1,8 billion in the 2011/2012 financial year to R2,4 billion in 2012/2013.