President Cyril Ramaphosa has officially reprimanded Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
This follows her report on why an ANC delegation used an SANDF aircraft to travel to Harare for talks about the political unrest there.
Ramaphosa found that Nqakula didn’t act in the best interests of good governance.
Mapisa-Nqakula will be docked three months’ pay from November.
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Her salary will be paid into the Solidarity Fund established to support the country’s response to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The ANC will also have to reimburse the state for the costs of the flight.
Political analyst Sandile Swana says the president’s reaction is of a man playing it safe.
He says this is not the first time the Defence Minister has compromised National Key Points.
“The statement by the President is very vague and is not grounded in law.”