Police forks out nearly R9m on luxury vehicles for Zuma’s wives


The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed outrage at the spending of R8.6-million from the South African Police Service’s budget on eleven high-end luxury vehicles for the wives of President Jacob Zuma.

Responding to a parliamentary question by the party’s Shadow Minister of Police Zakhele Mbhele, Minister Nathi Nhleko stated that the amount stretched over five financial years [2011 / 2012; 2012 / 2013; 2013 / 2014; 2014 / 2015; 2015 / 2016], and included the purchase of four Range Rovers [R3 786 451], two Land Rover Discoverys [R1 277 662], two Audi Q7s [R1 714 094] and three Audi A6’s [R1 904 976] to provide “comprehensive protection of VIP spouses”.

“This amount could have funded 116 university students for a year, or 38 students for the course of a three-year degree. It could have been used to hire an additional 61 police officers for a year and provide jobs to 1 315 EPWP workers. Yet the President decided to rather spend this gigantic amount on lavish VIP vehicles for his wives,” Mbhele said.

“South Africa’s economy is in a dire state. The economy is bleeding jobs, while President Zuma continues to bleed South Africans dry”.

The findings comes after Nhleko also revealed that almost R2-billion would be spent on VIP protection for Zuma and his 75 cabinet minister, with R125.1-million being allocated for the President and his wives, and R25.7-million on individual ministers.