The Democratic Alliance once again has raised alarm over Minister Dlamini Bathabile’s silence over her alleged R11,000 “lavish taste in luxury accommodation”.
Three Months after the opposition Party’s Bridget Masango said she had been “reliably informed” that the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini had stayed in the Oyster Box R11 000 per night suit in one of her one-night stay overseas travel.
The party had since it received the information, requested that minister Dlamini breaks her silence on the matter as her keeping mum on the idea is a clear indication that the information was true.
The party has once again, on Tuesday, raised an alarm on the continued silence of the minister saying she plans to mislead South Africans by giving a wrong account.
“The Minister of ‘Smallanyana Skeletons’ is determined to keep her skeletons firmly locked up in the cupboard”‚ the Democratic Alliance said
The Party said though Minister Dlamini Specifically replied their parliamentary question, she only gave accounts for R1.6 million spent on travel which the party’s Lindy Wilson described as wholly misleading, considering that the latest Annual report pitches her travel at R12 million.
According to Lindy Wilson, Social Development Minister Dlamini had given Parliament “deliberately vague responses” to questions about her overseas travel and “stays at the Oyster Box Hotel”.
She said the DA “has made an application in terms of the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) to request a full breakdown” of her travel expenditure.
“In fact‚ apart from explaining why she had to go (as a representative to various United Nations councils)‚ the question with regards to the use of taxpayers’ money is not answered at all,” said Wilson of Dlamini’s response.
“If she has no more skeletons in her closet‚ then there is no reason to avoid questions with regards to use of taxpayers’ money. The minister has an obligation to adequately answer written and oral questions put to her by any member of the house.
“We are still awaiting a response to her R11, 000 per night stays at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga Rocks and her justification thereof.”
Dlamini was nicknamed “Smallanyana Skeletons” when she earlier this year warned ANC leaders to stop criticizing their own party and reportedly said that “all of us in the NEC have our small anyana skeletons and we don’t want to take them out because hell will break loose”.
Meanwhile, the DA said it has also written to the Leader of Government Business, Cyril Ramaphosa, alerting him to the need for the minister to give an account of her financial dealings .and had also asked that he address the situation urgently.
“There are 3 million children facing starvation in South Africa. We cannot and will not sit by and watch this happen, while the Minister is living a life of luxury at their expense.” said the party