The presidency says it will review the transport benefits of President Zuma’s wives following police Minister Nathi Nhleko’s revelation that the South African Police Service(SAPS) has spent spent R8.6m on their cars in the last five years.
In a Parliamentary reply published on Tuesday, Police Minister Nhleko told DA MP Zakhele Mbhele, that President Zuma’s wives cars were purchased in 2013, 2014 and 2016.
The presidency’s statement also stated that, not only that of President Zuma’s wives would be reviewed but also those of former presidents and deputy presidents.
“The discussions will take into account the transport benefits of spouses of serving principals and also those of former presidents and deputy presidents.”
It further promised to engage the Saps to “discuss the harmonization of benefit policies in light of the recent announcement of the procurement of vehicles for the spouses of the President.
This would be part of an ongoing review of government benefits in light of the depressed economic climate,” the presidency said.
List Of President Zuma’s Wives Cars
The purchased cars include: four Range Rovers, two Land Rover Discoveries, two Audi Q7s and three Audi A6s. Nhleko added that the primary reason why the cars were bought was to “provide comprehensive protection of VIP Spouses”.
Meanwhile, the security benefits of Presidents and Deputy Presidents would also be reviewed. According to the presidency, this was in light of the report by Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and the recent Constitutional Court judgment on President Zuma’s Nkandla homestead.
Nhkelo’s revelation has once again launched President Zuma in another tight corner. Many South Africans also condemned the whooping sum of money used in purchasing the luxurious cars. Others asserted that such amount of money, can even sponsor over 100 South African school students.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, AfriForum filed a “misappropriation” complaint with the Public Protector against the South African Police Service (SAPS) for buying luxury vehicles worth millions of rand president Jacob Zuma’s wives cars.
AfriForum’s National Campaign Coordinator, Monique Taute, said in a statement that the continued purchasing of such luxury cars has been possible because there are no limits set to these costs.
“AfriForum views the misappropriation of tax-payers’ money as a national crisis and has already brought criminal charges against 13 provincial heads of department.
“This civil rights organisation wants to encourage the public to support this new complaint to put the necessary pressure on the Public Protector,” said Taute.