the defense minister mixes genres, the opposition wants her departure

Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula was scolded by President Cyril Ramaphosa for carrying an ANC delegation on a military plane during a trip to Harare, Zimbabwe, this month. In an attempt to quell the controversy, the South African president has decided not to pay him his salary for three months. But the main opposition party is now asking for his resignation.

For Cyril Ramaphosa, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula made “a mistake in the verdict”. The South African presidency announced on Saturday evening, September 26, that it had sent it “a formal reprimand”. The Minister of Defense will thus be deprived of his salary for three months from November to January, money that will be paid to the solidarity fund set up to combat the coronavirus pandemic.

After the excessive Zuma era with its repeated scandals, President Ramaphosa has chosen to strike down in an attempt to extinguish the controversy. The case began on September 8. That day, the minister traveled to Harare to discuss regional issues. However, she takes a group of ANC mediators on her plane, a delegation to meet with officials from Zanu-PF, the ruling party in Zimbabwe, to discuss the economic crisis shaking the country.

The information leaked to the press. Why did the delegation take a government flight to get there? Cyril Ramaphosa then asks his minister for explanations. In the process, the ANC changed and announced its intention to reimburse these travel expenses. Will the minister’s sanction be enough to calm the fire? Not so sure. The Democratic Alliance, the largest opposition party, is now calling for his dismissal, as the public defense office has announced that it has launched an investigation …