South African minister mandated to sacrifice salary for three months over misuse of state resources

2020-09-27 16:49:45
South African minister mandated to sacrifice salary for three months over misuse of state resources

This Sunday, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa imposed what appears to be a three-month “salary sacrifice” on the Minister of Defence and Military Veterans Ms Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula for allegedly abusing state-owned resources.

Mapisa-Nqakula was in a delegation from the ruling African National Congress party that flew all the way to Zimbabwe on an air force jet earlier this month to have a meeting with the ZANU-PF party.

The move sparked public outrage as South Africans demanded the minister’s resignation; however, she defended the trip by stating that she was on official duty and had merely given the other ANC officials a lift.

She will now see her salary allocated elsewhere for three whole months starting this November.

“Her salary for the three months should be paid into the Solidarity Fund, which was established to support the country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic,” an official statement from the presidency remarked.

Additionally, Ramaphosa ordered Mapisa-Nqakula to immediately reimburse the total cost of the flight to Zimbabwe.

The statement from the presidency also noted that the minister failed to act in the best interest of good governance, as well as failing to adhere to legal prescripts warranting care in use of state-owned resources, acting in a way which is inconsistent with her official position.

Such disciplinary action against a country’s highest-ranking authorities can set a very good example, and is indeed in line with the teachings of Islam, which many Africans wholeheartedly abide by.

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