Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene has revealed that R800 000 was spent on international trips for the wife of his predecessor, Malusi Gigaba.
Noma Gigaba accompanied her husband on official travels to investor shows in New York and Asia.
Nene was replying to a written question from the DA. Nene says part of the money was for air travel and daily allowance.
DA’s spokesperson on Finance David Maynier says it’s ironic that the Minister who increased VAT spent huge sums of money on his wife.
“Noma Gigaba had no official duties on investor road shows and tax payers who have been pushed to the limit should never have to cough up for what were in reality a series of intercontinental shopping trips. In the end, even if the expenses are in line with the ministerial handbook its simple wrong and I think the minister must pay back the money.”