EFF reports David Mabuza to Public Protector for R5m cars

2014-01-23 14:22

The Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party in Mpumalanga has lodged a complaint with Public Protector Thuli Madonsela’s Nelspruit office to probe Premier David Mabuza’s purchase of four cars worth about R5 million in one year.

Since assuming office in 2009, Mabuza has bought a Lexus LS 460, two Range Rover SUVs, an Audi A8 and a BMW X5 – apparently for his bodyguards. Four of these cars were bought last year.

See the details of the purchases here.

The ministerial handbook allows for premiers to buy vehicles not exceeding 70% of their annual salary package. Premiers earn R1.9 million and are allowed vehicles worth R1.3 million.

The EFF complaint was handed over to the Public Protector’s office by provincial spokesperson Mpumelelo Masina and convener Ayanda Tshabalala.

“We’re outraged by this R5 million expenditure, this proves that our premier is a mafia. It’s highly impossible to achieve 120 000km in a year – and the premier has bought four cars,” Masina said shortly after lodging the complaint.

The ministerial handbook states: “Departments may purchase official vehicle/s directly from manufacturers and/or their dealerships only when the currently provided official vehicle for that office has reached 120 000 km or five years, whichever comes first.”

Tshabalala said this was not the last complaint the EFF would lodge in this “corruption-riddled” province.

She said: “The EFF is receiving reports of corruption. Once we have substance, we’ll lodge complaints with various state organs.”

Mabuza’s spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said the EFF had the right to do so.

“Every citizen of South Africa has a right to report criminal activities at any police station or any of the watchdog institutions. We still maintain that everything was done right,” Mncwango said.

He said that Mabuza replaced his Lexus in 2013 with a Range Rover SUV after it had accumulated extensive mileage. The Range Rover was traded in for a similar model in 2013 because of mechanical problems.

Mncwango said Mabuza bought an Audi A8 in the same year as a back-up car. The BMW X5 was bought because police had not provided a vehicle for his bodyguards in time.

Read: Premier David Mabuza’s office defends R5 million expenditure on cars

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