Police Minister Fikile Mbalula has through a statement denied claims suggesting he embarked on a sponsored family trip to Dubai last year as Sports and Recreation Minister.
In the statement, which was released by the Police Ministry, he admits that the private trip did take place but denies that he received any financial assistance in the form of sponsorship or gifts.
Eyewitness News on Monday reported Mbalula’s trip to Dubai worth R680,000 was financed by Sedgars Sports, Sascoc’s long-time clothing supplier, through money channeled via an apparently inactive company called Reimon Uniforms.
“The Minister and his immediate family did travel abroad on the dates suggested in the report,” his Ministry writes.
“The Minister did not receive a sponsorship for the said family trip; there were no gratuities or gifts received for the trip.
“In so far as Member Ethics are concerned, the Minister has had no direct conflict of interest arising from the trip as alleged by EWN and other media houses as well.
“The Minister has periodically adhered to the Declarations of Members interests, this includes this period under review, ending in end of September 2017.
The statement closes off labelling the allegations as as malicious.
“The Minister regards these allegations an orchestrated plan to impugn his integrity and deliberately cause him and his family harm in this regard, the Minister and his family’s rights remain reserved. The Member’s ethics committee themselves recognise that such private activity is protected information and is confidential. This is known to journalists and is being deliberately ignored and trampled on.”