Sports and Recreation Minister, Fikile Mbalula is expected to account for his performance in parliament. But, he abandoned the oral question session and jetted out to Spain to take selfies with FC Barcelona and Spanish football leaders.
This is according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) party which related that Mbalula will be absent from Parliament where he is expected to answer oral questions.
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“(Mbalula) will instead be meeting with FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain. The official reason given last week for his absence was – ‘Minister meeting with Spanish Champions League’ and Leadership of FC Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain.
The Minister should be accounting for his performance in Parliament instead of taking selfies with Spanish football leaders like an enthusiastic groupie.
For someone who loves the spotlight so much, it seems telling that Mbalula is dodging the opportunity to appear before Parliament.”
DA further related that the Minister has throughout the year treated Parliament with contempt.
“This will be the third time in two years that he has dodged parliamentary questions by gallivanting elsewhere. He has regularly failed to attend oral questions sessions without proper explanation and consistently dodges replying to written questions.
In addition, he once again failed to appear in the portfolio committee to present his Department’s annual report.”
With the foregoing, the opposition party disclosed that they will be submitting parliamentary questions to ascertain whether taxpayers’ money was used for the Minister’s trip to Barcelona.
“It would do the Minister and his Department well for him to tweet less, and attend to his parliamentary duties instead of meeting with football teams overseas,” DA added.
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Earlier this month, the Minister received clean audit award for his department.
Then, he remarked that the award was a recognition for his department’s unwavering commitment to accountability.
“This is the third clean audit report for the department,” he said. “It is hard to get a clean audit report. It is even harder to retain it and easy to backtrack. It is through our working together as a team at the department that we continue to maintain and keep this record.
“This is a report on how the department accounts for public funds. It is a report to the people of South Africa who hold us accountable for every cent we spend in making their lives better.
“It is their report more than it is about the department. This award recognises their continued support and unwavering demand for accountability.”
The Minister praised the Director General, Chief Financial Officer and all the officials of his department saying they’ve been doing their work with diligence.