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Minister won't comment on SANDF chief's spending

Solly Shoke attended a conference in April and allegedly insisted on travelling first class.

Minister of Defence Nosiviwe Noluthando Mapisa-Nqakula. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula has refused to answer a question in the National Assembly about the more than a R100,000 spent on a first class air ticket for the chief of the National Defence Force.

The issue was raised during ministerial question time on Wednesday.

Minister Mapisa-Nqakula was challenged by Democratic Alliance MP, David Maynier about the spending in the defence force.

"My question to the minister is what is she doing to ensure that the military commanders tighten their belts rather than widen their bellies?"

It's reported that the money was allegedly spent on a first class ticket to Malaysia for SANDF Chief General Solly Shoke.

"The question raised by honourable Maynier has absolutely nothing to do with what other honourable members raised and I'll not respond to that question."

Manier wants the Auditor-General to probe the spending.

The minister told MPs that talks are underway with National Treasury to increase the defence force's budget.

Maynier says Shoke's decision suggests that he is more concerned with status than setting an example to the SANDF.

Shoke attended a conference in April and allegedly insisted on travelling first class.