Mbalula’s Dubai Trip – The Democratic Alliance (DA) party is agitating that the Minister of Police, Fikile Mbalula be probed for the R680,000 Dubai trip he and his family embarked on when he was the Sports Minister.
Although Mbalula has specified that there are no shady deals surrounding the R680,000 Dubai trip, DA contended that the Minister breached the Executive Members Ethics Code. The party said it will report the Minister to the Public Protector.
“The DA will report former Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula to the Public Protector following reports that sporting goods supplier, Sedgars Sports, allegedly paid for at least half of his R680 000 family trip to Dubai from 28 December 2016 until 3 January 2017,” stated the party.
DA specified that Sedgars Sports was contracted to supply clothing for the South African Sports Confederation and Olympics Committee (SASCOC). And, that the Sedgars Sports’ business ties with South Africa’s Sport’s Ministry date back to 2005.
With that, the party argued thus:
“Since SASCOC was under Mbalula’s purview as Sports Minister, there was a clear conflict of interest and Mbalula breached the Executive Members Ethics Code.”
According to DA, Mbalula’s Dubai Trip is questionable because the Minister acted against section 2.3 stipulation of the Code which stated that:
(f) Members of the Executive may not expose themselves to any situation involving the risk of a conflict between their official responsibilities and their private interests.
The party said Mbalula also breached section 4.1 of the Code which stipulated that a member may not solicit or accept a gift or benefit which;
(c) Constitutes an attempt to influence the member in the performance of the member’s duties.
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Based on those, DA affirmed that Mbalula’s relationship with Sedgars Sports was improper.
“…He compromised his integrity and impartiality by allegedly allowing the company to pay for the trip. He must, therefore, account for his failure to abide by the rules set out for all public representatives.
“Executive Members are required to uphold the integrity of the positions they hold and ensure that their ability to exercise impartiality is not in any way undermined.
“The DA will not hesitate to hold those who fail to do so accountable,” added the party.