MEC’s luxury car not paid for by taxpayers

2010-10-09 14:41

The article carried by City Press under the headline “Comrades and their bling wheels” featured the MEC for cooperative governance and traditional affairs in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Nomusa Dube, a deputy provincial ANC secretary, climbing out her car.

In the story you wittingly or unwittingly create the wrong ­impression that the car may have been acquired at the ­taxpayers’ expense.

It is unfortunate that, when you had the opportunity to take the photos, you never thought to ask MEC Dube whether the car belonged to her or the state.

We consider this to be part of ­concerted efforts to portray government ministers and MECs as people who are ­reckless with taxpayers’ ­money.

For instance, the article does not explain how the cars were acquired.

In the case of the MEC, the car is her personal and family mode of ­transport.

She pays for the car and it does not belong to the state as your article seems to ­suggest.

We urge City Press to exercise caution in future when writing articles of this nature.

» Mabaso is head of ­communications in the ­KwaZulu-Natal department of ­cooperative governance and traditional affairs

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