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DA: Spend on bang, not bling

2010-04-11 21:12

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance on Sunday accused the defence department of wasting millions on a new fleet of Mercedes Benz  vehicles.

The party's shadow minister of defence and military veterans, David Maynier, said in a statement that eight new vehicles were being bought.

They include four E-class sedans which he says could cost up to R1.17m each.

Maynier said the fleet could cost up to R7m.

This would mean that more than R50m has been spent by the government on purchasing luxury vehicles.

Maynier said while spending millions on new vehicles which will probably be for VIPs, the defence department was complaining that it didn't have enough money to properly pay soldiers, maintain bases and operate equipment.

This development comes hot on the heels of the news last week that wasteful expenditure in the last nine months had topped R1bn - including R47m on luxury vehicles.

Maynier called on Minister Lindiwe Sisulu to stop the deal, saying the defence department should be spending money on "bang", not "bling".