DA: Who footed bill for minister’s R11,000-a-night Oyster Box stay?

13 June 2016 - 13:00 By Tmg Digital

Who footed the bill for Bathabile Dlamini’s stay in a R11000-a-night suite at the Oyster Box Hotel on Sunday night? That’s the question the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Bridget Masango is asking after being “reliably informed that the minister of social development stayed over in a luxury‚ ocean-facing suite”.Masango said this “comes hot on the heels” of a parliamentary reply “in which the minister asserted that R753 was sufficient for social grant beneficiaries”.“This hotel stay makes it clear that she herself could not survive on the R753 she expects millions of South Africans to live on from month to month‚” she added.Masango said her party had invited Dlamini “to come shopping with us to see for herself how far a meagre R753 can go towards ‘adequate food as well as additional non-food items’.“Unsurprisingly‚ the minister has not responded to our invitation and has instead decided to blow more money on lavish hotel stays while the people she vowed to protect languish in poverty.“This is further evidence of just how much the ANC governs like poor black lives don’t matter to them.”Masango said the DA will submit questions to ascertain who paid‚ the reason for Dlamini’s stay‚ who the two African National Congress members who allegedly stayed with her were.– TMG Digital

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