Police unit spends millions on Zuma's wives’ cars

By Drum Digital
24 May 2016

The Presidency says it doesn’t see anything wrong with the police’s VIP unit spending R8,6 million on President Jacob Zuma’s wives’ cars.

By Brenda Sekgota

Presidential spokesperson Bongani Ngqulunga said it was the responsibility of the unit to buy the cars used by Zuma’s spouses as there was no budget for those items in the Presidency’s budget.

“The police unit is responsible for the protection of the President and his wives, they need to buy the cars in order to check if the cars are up to standard,” Ngqulunga says.

This comes after the Democratic Alliance (DA) revealed that the unit had bought luxury vehicles, including a Range Rover and an Audi Q7, for the First Ladies to the tune of R8,6 million since 2010.  The Presidency’s spousal support unit has reportedly spent R88 million supporting the presidential wives over the same period.

The DA also said that the amount spent on these cars could be used for a number of things, such as hiring an additional 61 police officer vans for the year.

“South Africa’s economy is in a dire state, the economy is bleeding jobs, while Zuma continues to bleed South Africans dry,” the DA’s spokesperson on police, Zakhele Mbhele, says.

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