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VIP vehicles for Zuma’s wives must be sold - DA

By Charl Bosch - May 26, 2016
VIP vehicles for Zuma’s wives must be sold - DA

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called on Police Minister Nathi Nhleko to sell the eleven luxury VIP vehicles bought for the wives of President Jacob Zuma over five financial years, in light of the country’s current economic state.

On Tuesday, Nhleko admitted in a parliamentary question that R8.6-million of the Police’s budget was spent on luxury vehicles for the President’s wives between 2011 and 2016, which consisted of four Range Rovers, two Land Rover Discovery’s, two Audi Q7s and three Audi A6s to provide “comprehensive protection of VIP spouses”.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Police Zakhele Mbhele said Nhleko must give priority to his core mandate and sell the vehicles in the question.

“This amount could have been used to hire an additional 61 police officers for a year and in so doing, create employment while making crime hotspot areas in South Africa safer,” Mbhele said.

“He has allowed exorbitant amounts of public money to be spent on lavish VIP vehicles for the President’s wives, while South Africa has one of the highest crime rates in the world, and our police service remains under-staffed and under-resourced, especially in poor communities.

No comment from the Presidency on the matter has yet been made.