Premier spends big on chopper trips

2013-06-22 16:53
Cassel Mathale. (Marietie Louw –Carstens, Beeld)

Cassel Mathale. (Marietie Louw –Carstens, Beeld)

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Johannesburg - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale allegedly spent thousands of rands flying "short" distances in a chartered helicopter, The Star reported on Wednesday.

Last month, he spent R60 000 travelling a distance of 161km, the newspaper reported.

Mathale also allegedly rented a helicopter for a 200km trip between Polokwane and Musina in January, costing R82 000.

Limpopo government spokesperson Tebatso Mabitsela confirmed that Mathale spent taxpayers' money on the two helicopter trips.

Mabitsela said it was impossible for Mathale to "traverse" between the two places due to the distance and time pressure. He said the premier had to attend two "important occasions" last month.

The Star reported that Mathale had been driven to GaMashashane village from Polokwane to open the provincial house of traditional leaders.

Thereafter, he flew to Elim near Louis Trichardt, about 100km from Polokwane, to join his MECs at a public participation meeting, said Mabitsela.
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