Leave for Ambassador M Shaik to Attend Court Proceedings

NATIONAL ASSEMBLY

FOR ORAL REPLY

QUESTION NO: 1019

PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL QUESTION PAPER NO 21 OF 17 JUNE 2005

Mr DHM Gibson (DA) to ask the Minister of Foreign Affairs:

Whether Mr Mo Shaik, a senior official within the Department of Foreign Affairs was granted official leave to attend the court proceedings of his brother, if so (a) by whom was this leave granted (b) how many days has been afforded and (c) what was the total cost to the taxpayer?

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REPLY:

1. It must be pointed out that an employee is not obliged to disclose the reasons for taking vacation leave. Management grants vacation leave based on whether the employee has leave days due to him and operational requirements. The same principles were applied in Ambassador Mo Shaik's case.

2. With regard to vacation leave and other leave that was taken by Ambassador Mo Shaik during the relevant period, a reply was previously provided to Question Number PQ696.N911E that was asked by Ms S M Camerer (MP).

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