Communications minister faces Gupta email complaint

Minister of Communications Ayanda Dlodlo faces scrutiny for her name being mentioned in the Gupta email leaks.

According to a report by the Sunday Times, the DA has filed an affidavit with Parliament’s ethics committee on the matter.

Dlodo was reported to have been provided accommodation in Dubai by the Gupta’s Sahara Computers, which was then allegedly paid for by businessman Fana Hlongwana.

Hlongwana was involved in South Africa’s arms deal as a “middleman”.

Dlodlo admitted to taking the trip to Dubai on her way back from Jordan, but said she was not aware of Sahara’s involvement.

The DA has asked that a probe be opened on the matter, as Dlodo failed to declare the trip.

“According to the register of members’ interests‚ it seems to be apparent that Dlodlo failed to disclose the trip and this warrants an investigation by the ethics committee‚” stated the affidavit.

The potential probe follows revelations that the communications department spent nearly R1 million on one of the Gupta-owned The New Age newspaper’s breakfast briefings in 2016.

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