Chabane, deputy spent R550 000 on car hire
Cape Town - Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane and his deputy spent almost R550 000 on car hire between March 2010 and July 2011.
In a parliamentary reply to the Democratic Alliance, Chabane revealed that he spent R159 000 during this period, equating to about R3 600 in car hire a day over 44 days.
Deputy Minister Dina Pule spent R387 000, amounting to about R2 500 a day over 156 days.
DA public service and administration spokesperson Geordin Hill-Lewis said such "reckless spending" was being condoned because of provisions in the ministerial handbook.
"This handbook allows ministers to live a life of luxury at the expense of ordinary South Africans."
He said Public Service and Administration Minister Roy Padayachie should ensure long awaited amendments to the handbook were presented and implemented immediately to curb excess spending.