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

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.