Tebogo Msimanga |
The Democratic Alliance (DA) says Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, was summoned by the tourism portfolio committee to attend this week’s portfolio meeting to respond to a number of outstanding issues which fall under her purview.
DA Shadow Minister of Tourism Manny de Freitas said for the last four weeks, the portfolio committee has been requesting that the Minister attend the meetings. In each instance, Minister Sisulu has submitted no apology or explanation as to why she did not attend the meetings.
“It was therefore resolved at the Portfolio Committee meeting last week that the Minister be summoned to attend the meeting this week. Minister Sisulu instead sent a senior external legal counsel to represent her at the portfolio committee in response to the summons”.
De Freitas added that the situation is unprecedented as the failure by Sisulu to attend the committee meeting constitutes a criminal act.
De Freitas went on to say the DA will hold Minister Sisulu to account. “If she is unable and unwilling to act responsibly as Minister of Tourism, she must come clean with South Africans, and rather resign”.