Gigaba's trip to US cost taxpayers nearly R1m

The Gigabas flew business class to and from South Africa, along with one member of the eight-person Treasury team, who qualified to fly economy.

FILE: Malusi Gigaba and his wife on the SONA red carpet on 9 February 2017. Picture: Aletta Harrison/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba has revealed that his wife Norma accompanied him to the United States in April for meetings of the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and with investors.

The Gigabas flew business class to and from South Africa, along with one member of the eight-person Treasury team, who qualified to fly economy.

Gigaba gave the details in a written reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question.

The reply puts the price tag for the United States trip at just under R1 million.

This doesn’t include the cost of the eight business-class flights between South Africa and America.

Gigaba’s reply to the question from DA MP David Maynier reveals that his wife received a daily allowance for two days, which came to just over R3,800.

Gigaba made the trip soon after his appointment in President Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle and the downgrading of South Africa to junk status by ratings agencies that followed.

Just over R490,000 of the cost was for hotels and meeting venues, while R162,000 went on internal flights for meetings with investors that had been set up in Boston and New York.

Gigaba’s advisor, professor Chris Malikane, was part of the team.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)