Department clarifies minister's travel

Monday, September 17, 2018

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Zweli Mkhize has not travelled overseas in his official capacity since his appointment in February, the Minister’s office says.

The statement comes in the wake of a Sunday Times report on how much government departments had spent on overseas trips where ministers were accompanied by their spouses or relatives. Mkhize was cited as one of the ministers.

In the statement, the Ministry said the publication’s report was factually incorrect.

“Dr Zweli Mkhize has not travelled in his official capacity internationally since he was appointed by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier this year,” it said.

The report by Andisiwe Makinana focused on travels by Ministers with their spouses or family members abroad and was supposedly based on a parliamentary question from the Democratic Alliance.

“The response to that question had clearly stated that the Minister has not undertaken official travel outside the borders of the country. Any claims to the contrary are devoid of truth.” –