These flowers were expensive.Media release
Statement on alleged misappropriation of public funds by Deputy Minister Gigaba
Following media reports alleging that Home Affairs Deputy Minister, Mr Malusi Gigaba has misappropriated public funds, the Department has conducted a preliminary investigation to ascertain the facts as per records of the department in relation to payments from his budget.
The Department is now in a position to clarify the following:
1. Payment of travel
The Deputy Minister, in the performance of his official duties, has invited a number of people to official meetings and at certain points for various technical advice. Some of these have traveled at departmental expense. This is consistent with procedure and practice within government.
In the interest of transparency the Deputy Minister has however also ordered a full audit of all such expenses from his budget dating back to his appointment in 2004 so that any irregularities should be addressed.
2. Car hire for Mr Mzwandile Mawela
It should be noted that at the time when these payments were made, Mr Mawela was engaged officially as an intern in the office of the Deputy Minister. Over the past three years the Department has engaged 715 interns as part of the National Youth Service. These interns work at various points in the department, including the Ministry. There is therefore nothing irregular about this transaction at all.
3. Payment for flowers for the Deputy Minister’s wife
It is important to reiterate that Ministers and Deputy Ministers are not personally responsible for administration and utilization of finances in their offices. This is done by support staff in these offices and should be in accordance with prescribed policies and procedures. Although policy allows the Deputy Minister to send flowers to colleagues, counterparts and other people, his office should not have paid for flowers for his wife from the Department’s budget.
Deputy Minister Gigaba has been made aware of this and has instructed his office to deal with the issue, including taking appropriate corrective measures where necessary. He will also reimburse the Department for this specific expense.
The outcome of the audit and corrective measures to be taken thereafter will be made public.
Released by the Chief Directorate: Communication Services
For further information please contact:
Mr Jacky Mashapu
Acting Head of Communications
Cell: 082 885 8449