International Relations minister’s handbag a private affair
By Khanyisa Tabata
17 September 2011
The Department of International Relations says the content of Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane’s handbag is not up for discussion.
Her spokesperson Clayson Monyela was asked what the minister had in her handbag when she refused to have it scanned at an airport in Norway recently.
Nkoana-Mashabane’s refusal caused her to miss her scheduled commercial flight to Bulgaria, resulting is a private charter jet having to be hired at a cost of over 200-thousand- Rands.
Monyela says it was a matter of principle as diplomats are exempted from luggage searches.