DA to probe reports on cars for Zuma wives

2011-03-01 20:35

Cape Town - The Democratic Alliance says it is seeking to establish what hiring luxury vehicles for President Jacob Zuma's wives would cost the taxpayer.

"The Democratic Alliance is concerned by reports that President Jacob Zuma is seeking to hire luxury vehicles in each of seven provinces for the purpose of transporting his wives," DA parliamentary leader Athol Trollip said in a statement on Tuesday.

According to media reports, the Presidential Protection and Security Services are looking for a vehicle hire business that can make a luxury vehicle available "at all times" in seven of the nine provinces for the president’s wives.

Trollip said his party would submit a series of parliamentary questions to probe the hiring of the luxury vehicles.

"These questions will seek to determine the value of the tender for supplying the seven luxury vehicles, whether the vehicles will be used in an official or private capacity, and why existing official vehicles were not used for this purpose," he said.

  • 106106sa - 2011-03-01 20:43

    Who cares???!!The ANC will just simply continue LOOTING the state coffers to pay for x,y and'll never stop, and when, 'Siphas'is president in 30 years time, the only thing that would have changed is the amount of defunct councils country wide!!!!!!!!!!!

      Grant - 2011-03-01 20:58

      These kind of stories shouldnt surprise us anymore, although it does all apear a bit more 'in your face' and in the open lately. No future left here I am afraid time to pull the plug. And let me tell you 106106sa that wont be the only thing that would have changed, I'm pretty sure just about everything else will have gone downhill!

      Bryan - 2011-03-01 21:30

      I care, because I have some low-beds and trucks that can transport his fat wives and maybe I can make some money too. Their ar$e$ are way too big for luxuary cars! Oh, and I also have an old bedford school bus in which all his children can travel; just a short distance behind the low-beds.

      Hans-Erik Iken - 2011-03-02 07:56

      Get them one minibus in each province, he can even take some of his kids that way in one trip. I'm sure they can find an unemployed taxidriver to drive them around all day long.....

      Tseleng - 2011-03-02 09:04

      Stop dreaming guys they are first ladies.

      4daluvofSA - 2011-03-02 10:18

      People can bitch and moan all day long and make jokes about this and many other issues. The fact is he is the president and his wives would never take a taxi. Just be realistic for once and stop being narrow minded. How do you think they have been transported all these years? Do you expect to see them standing in a queue at a taxi rank with a bucket of KFC waiting to catch a taxi to Enkandla? It's pointless for people to always complain on the internet or when having a braai amongts your friends. The question is what are YOU going to do about it? Did YOU even vote in the last elections? Have YOU registered to vote in the upcoming elections? What positive message do you think comes out from your negative comments on N24? Do you think Zuma and his team sits and read your comments the whole day and maybe that would help to get the message through to him? This is just like when an employee does not like his/her boss and then always complaining about him at home to his wife/ husband or at the cafeteria to your colleagues but you are to afraid to stand up for your rights and face your boss.. Go out and vote and stop complaining! If you can preach the DA/ COPE/UDM ect.. "manifesto" to your friends, colleagues or whoever might be interested since you are so fed up and the politicians are not doing their jobs...

  • lldoidge - 2011-03-01 20:52

    Why should we pay for that fat nutheads wives? They weren't elected and if he chooses to have all those wives that should be for his account. And then they want BMW X5's and other such big cars. Too bloody fat to fit into an normal car? Give them bloody wheelbarrows and let fat nuthead push them.

      Win14 - 2011-03-01 22:07

      I always love your comments. But obviously you know that they are useless, I mean, in achieving anything but the opposite. But just relax: this new packet of bling for the wives is chickenfeed. Haven't you heard what's in the pipeline already: houses and lux-cars and state's salaries for all the 25 children! Come on now, wouldn't you do the same for your family if they had voted you into presidency out of nowhere? Admit it mister! What kind of an African are you?

      TheNewSA - 2011-03-02 09:02

      LOL :-)

  • CharlSkeptic - 2011-03-01 20:53

    Name and shame. These fat cats (of which Zuma is just one) cannot stand being critized/villified in public

      AJ - 2011-03-02 05:54

      For a few million a year in freebies and backhanders you'll be amazed at how many people dont mind being named and shamed and villified/criticised in public in the slightest...

  • Cejewe - 2011-03-01 20:58

    Political parties: Go for the two provinces that are ignored!!!

      lldoidge - 2011-03-01 21:00

      No those two provinces aren't ignored. They have cars there already, or should I say 4X4's. Let the fat arses walk! Maybe they will lose some weight while they are at it.

  • GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-01 21:03

    I guess they should get some luxury. I mean...they work so hard. And is only a few more potholes, fewer ambulances and more expensive toll gates, nothing that bad.

  • Chibuli - 2011-03-01 21:13

    Who the hell authorised this? Are we the only democracy in which the politicians are not answerable to the people? Our Constitution needs serious scrutiny - DA, take note!

  • nakkie1616 - 2011-03-01 21:15

    wanner gaan die k@k nou stop?! goeie hel

      Foxie911 - 2011-03-02 13:06

      Eendag op 'n reëndag wanneer ons besluit om saam te staan en in opstand teen al hierdie ongeregtigheid te kom. Ek sou wàt wou gee om self aan so 'n opstand deel te neem, daar ek skaars kan loop, maar julle jonger en fikser mense het die vermoë om deur woord en DAAD te sê: Genoeg is genoeg! Tot hiertoe en nie verder nie - hierdie spul terroriste, moordenaars en diewe moet nou uit, en as dit op stuk van sake kom, gaan gooi hulle LETTERLIK uit die parlement - as Egipte en ander noordelike state hulle diktators tot val kan bring, wat keer ons om dieselfde te doen? Toe, ANTWOORD my, asseblief? Of is Suid Afrikaners almal té lui, té lamsakkig om uit hulle ivoortorings te kom en tot aksie oor te gaan???

  • Henriëtte - 2011-03-01 21:32

    It is so ridiculous!!! How can he want to buy these expensive cars for ALL his wives...and then he says there are people that does not even have houses or running water.. Obviously his priorities are not in the right place!!! Spend the money where it is needed - roads/animal welfare/housing/sanitary!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      GrimReaper10 - 2011-03-01 21:56

      @Henriëtte only renting and available all the time. So renting is a bit like most other people pay their car bond. Only difference is we(other people) would have a car after the payments done and we(other people) will be paying for those luxury car. Bet you there is a connection between the car hiring company and....

  • Leeutjie - 2011-03-01 21:44

    This damn "white party" again. You racists you. Why can't any of the "black party's" not question this? In fact, why don't the poor questions this or is it O/K with them? I it's O/K with them, let's stop worrying about the poor then and get a mindset of " every one for himself". I have just stop corcerning myself with the poor masses. They want to live like they are and it will NEVER change, even if you give the anc 100 years of rule.

      Felix - 2011-03-02 08:10

      So you blame the white party for asking questions, the poor for not asking questions and think the ANC is trying to help but people want to live in squalor? You are an idiot.

      TheNewSA - 2011-03-02 09:05

      Its because this "white party" as you call it actually gives a damn about this country and how the taxpayers money is spent.

  • R.Suppards - 2011-03-01 21:45

    This latest request for limo's & 4X4"s for the first ladies shows a serious lack of understanding of the real requirements for the hippopotomi are FRONT END LOADERS.

  • Fazil - 2011-03-01 21:50

    Where is the Minister of Finance in all of this? If this is what he has authorised then surely we do not have to take anything else he say seriously. Or is he just a RUBBER STAMP?

  • - 2011-03-01 22:16

    Everybody gets wound up about this. Simple solution - leave the country, it will eventually dwindle and die and become a normal African country - relying on handouts from the 1st world. I don't care about these people, as they don't care about me. I personally have way more than they have - materially, but more important i have class, they can never buy that.

      PB - 2011-03-02 08:01

      Yes we get wound up, with good reason. Why should WE leave the country? And why should WE pay for the upkeep of Zuma's Harem? Culture my ass. He is the one who carries on like a randy goat, he can pay FROM HIS OWN SALARY for the security, housing, cars, medical aid, and and and and for all of the hangers on and brats that he has bred.

  • mpshells - 2011-03-01 22:23

    Why dont they hire a taxi to cart them around? Why the hang must it cost the taxpayers - I ask you! The fact that he was voted in as president should only allow 1 wife to benefit from his gains. His fat salary should be paying for all the additional wifes and children;s school fees, homes, food etc. No-one voted his wifes in to serve!!! A case of let the poor starve while his wives get fatter and fatter on the state coffirs which WE pay into. Same as the Zulu king - those you believe his is their king - let them pay for all his houses and excesses - Why must the taxpayer carry the burden? Something like the unions - you want to belong - YOU pay. You dont want to belong - You dont. As easy as that. Maybe there will be more money for schooling, hospitals and real programmes for the poor. Not paper programmes.

  • KarinWalker - 2011-03-01 23:20

    Dont worry, this fat pig is too stoopid to realise that he is slowly digging his own grave!. I smell a "recall" on the way..long before his first term is up. let alone a second term..he is pissing on everyone...the powers that be in the ANC included..Trouble is..he will carry on earning a "pension" of R2 million after being sacked..and we will still pay for him to ponce about all over the world a la Mbeki!

      Sedick - 2011-03-02 01:13

      and we will pay for all his wives, girlfriends, children, and los kinners.......

  • Bonzo - 2011-03-01 23:21

    Giant hot air balloons or zeppelins, floating gas bags, blimps. That'd look original and appropriate. Drifting in to land with the cargo snoozing sweetly, swaying as ballast below the ship. Carried off to sea by the Cape southeaster.

  • maseratifitt - 2011-03-01 23:55

    Now listen closely my good wives. This thingy is called a radiator. It should be filled with what the agents call a coolant. This little red light is for...this little red light means...oh, don't worry...if you have any problems, just take a taxi.

  • napsayson - 2011-03-02 00:00

    Why can't his wifes catch a taxi !!!!!!!!!

  • Mantsho - 2011-03-02 02:30

    Thats what happen when you vote for Mafia people to run the country, l just feel sorry for the poor who lives in the shaks without no electricity.and the same people they, vote for this Mafia,Thanks to DA for fighting this Mafia people.

      mduduzik - 2011-03-06 16:11

      Where do you live Mantso?Its surprising for you to say the poor are voting for this Mafia,do you really mean the poor?if so how do you differintiat between the poor and the rich?So,all this tenderpreneurs are poor.

  • Ozman - 2011-03-02 06:27

    People in South Africa must start standing together and nite, complaining individually will not work as it's water off a ducks back. White and black South Africans must start toy-toying and stand together on there's types of matters, at the end of the day it's your taxes.

  • JiveTalking - 2011-03-02 07:32

    So what's wrong now again? Its better than your gold and mineral wealth money going to funding the Queen of England and all those crony's houses and cars and what not.

      William Baker - 2011-03-02 07:57

      jive go back to the iron age where you belong. if you are a tax payer this should upset you.

      lldoidge - 2011-03-02 08:16

      Jive, get back under your duvet and pull a string or whatever!

      Lana123 - 2011-03-02 08:34

      Ai tog Jive

  • April - 2011-03-02 07:48

    Grrrrrrrrh! This is so frustrating, it is our money they are waisting.

  • Doug - 2011-03-02 08:01

    WTF! When r the poor going to wake up and realise that only a few are reaping ALL the benefits. Vote the fat fuck out!

  • The_Truth - 2011-03-02 08:17


  • ecoecho - 2011-03-02 08:20

    If this is true I am not surprised. I find it offensive to the whole country in the extreme actually. Why the heck should the country support as many wives and children as he wants to the nth degree - for all we know he could acquire more whilst he is in power - and there you have it, eh? Power. He does not consider himself as being employed by those of us who pay or have paid tax. He gives the larger portion of people in this country the idea that there are unlimited funds in the coffers and so they can make demands too - usually without contributing to the economy for the most part. If someone wants so many wives and families then let him support them HIMSELF, not expect the country to foot the bill. I thought that the rule of thumb for a man taking more than wife was that he could support them himself? Who is having a laugh here at the taxpayers expense?

  • Darkie - 2011-03-02 08:20

    My ANC, My vision( for looting) and my many wives

  • ecoecho - 2011-03-02 08:22

    If this is true I am not surprised. I find it offensive to the whole country in the extreme actually. Why the heck should the country support as many wives and children as he wants to the nth degree - for all we know he could acquire more whilst he is in power - and there you have it, eh? Power. He does not consider himself as being employed by those of us who pay or have paid tax. He gives the larger portion of people in this country the idea that there are unlimited funds in the coffers and so they can make demands too - usually without contributing to the economy for the most part. If someone wants so many wives and families then let him support them HIMSELF, not expect the country to foot the bill. I thought that the rule of thumb for a man taking more than wife was that he could support them himself? Who is having a laugh here at the taxpayers expense?

  • wgibsonsa - 2011-03-02 08:36

    And the poor continue to be fed promises. Why does this showerhead not pay for this himself or get his BILLIONARE son to foot the bill. Just what do these wide girthed dimwits have to offer the people of South Africa. Remember that with a hire car comes so called blue light brigades and hotels all at the taxpayer expense. Viva Algeria, viva Egypt and viva Libya. You can only rip the taxpayer off for so long you ignorant dimwit.

  • Cameron - 2011-03-02 08:45

    Nobody here understands. It is their "right" as leaders to do as they please. These leaders are freedom fighters and they have fought hard for the freedom of the masses - and the companies that will be getting the contracts (wonder if zuumaas son is in the car-hire business) The only people that can't see any wrong-doing here are the educated, in-brainwashed few (thats us) - and before I am called a racist, I would like to say that educated people can be of any race. Untill then, no amount of complaining will help. Just go out and VOTE.

  • jeandre.greyling - 2011-03-02 08:50

    Revolutionary new idea! and guess what mista prez it for free! why don't they get jobs as part of your job creation policy and contribute to the economy in other ways than supporting fast food outlets who take the money out of the country anyway, then they can buy their own cars, houses food, clothes, cellphones, accessories and perhaps even pay for a plane ticket every once in a while. You and your wives and bastard children are worse than people standing on street corners, at least they wash a windscreen or do a little dance for me you just take and take and take!

  • freddy - 2011-03-02 09:03

    How would the wifes get to the 7 provinces in order to hire the vehicles? Air Transport, maybe? First class, maybe? Who would ever know?

  • 4daluvofSA - 2011-03-02 09:13

    cicici, when is the DA going to learn? If you want the majority to vote for you just go out and canvass and stop always trying to dig up negative information about the ANC. Can't you guys learn from the ANC? I am not pro ANC but the srategy that the ANC is and has been using to get the majority votes has been working for them. Wasting time telling people (majority) about what corruption ANC is up to and then go back home and clean your back yard (WC) and think that you are going to get more votes from people (uneducated) who don't even care about these stats/ findigs then you clearly still have a long way to go. Some people in the townships don't even know who Helen Zille is or what the DA is about. At the end of the DA we all know that most politicians are corrupt in some way so all these yarayara's from the DA are starting to annoy some people just like a little kid who is always telling on his friends..

      4daluvofSA - 2011-03-02 09:27

      oops, typo. I meant to say "at At the end of the day we all know that most politicians are corrupt..."

      ronbonjon - 2011-03-02 09:34

      I totally agree, best comment

      Antoinette - 2011-03-02 12:41

      Best is, Mizz Zille might actually read this comment.....

  • Mike - 2011-03-02 09:22

    That's 'ridiclous' they don't need cars ! They need Busses!!

  • mosali - 2011-03-02 09:22


  • Sharon - 2011-03-02 09:47

    Why the hell must we the taxpayers, fork out millions on car hire for Zuma's wives when he visits the provinces. He has more than enough luxury cars standing around. The mayors, councilors, MEC's have luxury million rand cars that Zuma and his wife/ves can use when they visits the provinces. Wake up people register to vote this weekend and make your vote count. Your vote will change the balance of the councils running your province. If you think voting is a waste of time, SHAME ON YOU. Then you have NO RIGHT TO MOUTH OFF ABOUT THIS COUNTRY.

      pawsaw - 2011-03-02 10:18

      Totally agree with last sentence Sharon and add to it neither do you have the right to burn, toyi toyi and trash what has already been paid for by the long suffering taxpayers - that is you and you and you ndoda's and mfazi's who buy Coke's school uniforms washing powder and so on. You are paying 14c in every Rand you spend on that Coke or beer or brandy for initiation to Mr Zuma and his immense family to spend on themselves! THAT IS WHY YOU SHOULD REGISTER TO VOTE AND VOTE AGAINST ANC. Vote ACDP if you like but register your anger by voting not by destruction of what is left of what the ANC inherited from the white and black labour of the past.

  • Uncle Spud - 2011-03-02 10:27

    Question?? Why do we comment? Who is really interested? Nothing changes!!! The "Fat Catz" stay fat and get fatter. Zooomaaar does what he wants too. Jewleeus does what he wants too and stuff everybody else. The country is raped, abused and neglected each and every hour of each and every day and NOTHING CHANGES despite the hundreds of comments made shaming the rapers. The fat catz are laughing at ALL of us while they abuse and rape us and we do NOTHING about it, so I ask again. Why comment when it makes no difference to the wrongs being done????????

      ronbonjon - 2011-03-02 10:57

      damn rite

  • Stylin - 2011-03-02 12:36

    Why is it that the DA seem to worry about the most trivial things? It's the Presidents wives so I see no reason why we should pay for their travel, security and even their basic needs.

  • Other Justin - 2011-03-02 13:08

    Same old, same old......This is just yet another up yours to the South African tax payers. When you vote ANC, this is what you get.

  • Enuff - 2011-03-02 13:22

    Haven't seen an article on News24 about the plan to spend R 191 MILLION on renovations on JZ's Pretoria residence - WTF????

  • Enuff - 2011-03-02 13:25

    Where is the article on News24 about the plan to spend R 191 MILLION on renovating JZ's Pretoria residence???

  • Enuff - 2011-03-02 13:27

    Where is the article on News24 about the plan to spend R 191 MILLION on renovating JZ's Pretoria residence???

  • Enuff - 2011-03-02 13:29

    Where is the article on News24 about the plan to spend R 191 MILLION on renovating JZ's Pretoria residence???

  • 1stcase - 2011-03-02 13:54

    Is this all the DA is worried about, I haven’t heard anything from them about the Trevor Manual vs Manyi issue. I mean these guys have just handed the DA the whole coloured vote are they again to relax. Remember coloureds dont only stay in the WP.

  • Alan - 2011-03-03 01:49

    In the year 2010, the Lord came unto Noah, who was now living in South Africa , and said, "Once again, the earth has become wicked and over-populated, and I see the end of all flesh before me. Build another Ark and save 2 of every living thing along with a few good humans." He gave Noah the plans, saying, "You have 6 months to build the Ark before I will start the unending rain for 40 days and 40 nights." Six months later, the Lord looked down and saw Noah sweeping in his yard - but no Ark. "Noah!" He roared , "I'm about to start the rain! Where is the Ark ?" "Forgive me, Lord," begged Noah, "but things have changed. I needed a building permit. I've been arguing with the inspector about the need for a sprinkler system. My neighbours claim that I've violated the neighbourhood zoning laws by building the Ark in my yard and exceeding the height limitations. We had to go to the Metro Council for a decision. Then ESKOM demanded a bond be posted for the future costs of moving power lines and other overhead obstructions, to clear the passage for the Ark 's move to the sea. I told them that the sea would be coming to us, but they would hear nothing of it. Getting the wood was another problem. There's a ban on cutting local trees because the Nature Conservation authorities say it will upset the balance of the local ecological system. I tried to convince them that I needed the wood to save us all from extinction - but no go! When I started gathering the animals, the SPCA prosecuted me. They insisted that I was confining wild animals against their will. They argued the accommodation was too restrictive, and it was cruel and inhumane to put so many animals in a confined space. The traffic authorities said it would take six months after completion of the ark to plan a route to the sea. I told them also that the sea would be coming to my back yard. They threatened to have me committed. Then the Department for Environment ruled that I couldn't build the Ark until I had arranged and conducted an environmental impact study on your proposed flood. I'm still trying to resolve a complaint with the BEE group on how many affirmative action persons I'm supposed to hire for my building crew. The Department of The Interior has insisted that I provide them with a list of the people who want to work so that they can check that they are not from the non designated group . COSATU say I can't use my sons. They insist I have to hire only Union workers with Ark-building experience. To make matters worse, SARS seized all my assets, claiming I'm trying to leave the country illegally with endangered species. So, forgive me, Lord, but it would take at least 10 years for me to finish this Ark. " Suddenly the skies cleared, the sun began to shine, and a rainbow stretched across the sky. Noah looked up in wonder and asked, "You mean you're not going to destroy the world?" "No," said the Lord. "The SA Government has beaten me to it."

  • Alan - 2011-03-03 01:52

    This was a reply to an article, in the Mercury(last week), where the previously disadvantaged (Blacks) stated that it's not too late for the previously advantaged (including whites, Indians and Coloreds) to apologize for apartheid. Checkout the reply. Just too hot and so true. This was in the SA paper last week (Mercury). The main headline stated the following: It's not too late for whites to say sorry for Apartheid............. Check the email that went around responding to the headline. It's a kick ass response. The guy that wrote it has got it!!! 'To the Previously Disadvantaged' We are sorry that our ancestors were intelligent, advanced and daring enough to explore the wild oceans to discover new countries and develop them. We are sorry that those who came before us took you out of the bush and taught you that there was more to life than beating drums, killing each other and chasing animals with sticks and stones. We are sorry that they planned, funded and developed roads, towns, mines, factories, airports and harbours, all of which you now claim to be your long deprived inheritance giving you every right to change and rename these at your discretion. We are sorry that our parents taught us the value of small but strong families, to not breed like rabbits and end up as underfed, diseased, illiterate shack dwellers living in poverty. We are sorry that when the evil apartheid government provided you with schools, you decided they'd look better without windows or in piles of ashes. We happily gave up those bad days of getting spanked in our all white Schools for doing something wrong, and much prefer these days of freedom where problems can be resolved with knives and guns. We are sorry that it is hard to shake off the bitterness of the past when you keep on raping, torturing and killing our friends and family members, and then hide behind the fence of 'human rights' with smiles on your faces. We are sorry that we do not trust the government... We have no reason to be so suspicious because none of these poor "hard working intellectuals" have ever been involved in any form of "corruption or irregularities". We are sorry that we do not trust the police force and, even though they have openly admitted that they have lost the war against crime and criminals, we should not be negative and just ignore their corruption and carry on hoping for the best. We are sorry that it is more important to you to have players of colour in our national teams than winning games and promoting patriotism. We know that sponsorship doesn't depend on a team's success. We are sorry that our border posts have been flung open and now left you competing for jobs against illegal immigrants from our beautiful neighbouring countries. All of them countries that have grown into economic powerhouses after kicking out the 'settlers'. We are sorry that we don't believe in witchcraft, beet root and garlic cures, urinating on street corners, virginity testing, slaughtering of bulls in our back yards, trading women for cattle and other barbaric practices. Maybe we just grew up differently. We are sorry that your medical care, water supplies, roads, railways and electricity supplies are going down the toilet because skilled people who could have planned for and resolved these issues had to be thrown away because they were of the wrong ethnic background and now have to work in foreign countries where their skills are highly appreciated. We are so sorry that we'd like this country to fulfil its potential so we can once again be proud South Africans. The Previously Advantaged.

  • jock - 2011-07-25 23:34

    get them a 15 seat taxi and will be much cheaper and cosy for all the wives

  • Vigilant - 2011-07-26 13:51

    These guys watch way too many Hollywood movies, all the glamour and fashion... Look at me and my nice new suit, look at me at my nice new car... Most African politicians are so concerned about what the other guy is thinking... lol. Do I look richer? Do I look more fashionable? How's about you do you job and stop measuring yourself by what others think of you, you stupid puppet. Maybe if Politicians lived real lives, the lives of the average man, maybe then they would do a better job.

  • Jorene - 2011-10-11 14:03

    I was always under the impression that the taxpayer contributes to 1 (one) wife only for the President. What does the constitution say?? This President is costing the poor taxpayer a lot of money. We cannot have a President with many wifes. I am sick of hearing "it is our culture" to hve many wives.

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