Premier abused travel claims - report

2012-08-10 08:44

Polokwane - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale allegedly abused his office's travel claims system, according to a report on Friday.

The Star reported that Mathale had parked his official cars so that he could use his private car for official duties and claim for it.

Auditor General Terence Nombembe estimated that the amount irregularly accrued to Mathale from March 1 to August 30 last year was R466 000, the newspaper reported.

In his 2011/2012 audit report, Nombembe declared the payment to Mathale wasteful and fruitless expenditure.

According to the report Mathale's office flouted the government's policy on the use of official vehicles by disposing his official car, a BMW 750i worth R1m, before it had reached 120 000 km or five years.

Chapter five of the ministerial handbook stated that government departments could purchase official vehicles directly from the manufacturer or their dealerships only when the current car provided for that office had reached 120 000km or after five years, "whichever comes first".

The policy allowed the premier to claim for a travel allowance if he had indicated in writing that he would like to take this option and his office does not buy an official car for him.

The premier's office admitted to the newspaper that it had purchased a BMW 750i for the premier when he took office in May 2009. It also confirmed the existence of three other vehicles. A fourth car was written off in an accident.

  • kim.buren - 2012-08-10 08:52

    Let them take the bus when they abuse taxpayers money

      mercia.rand - 2012-08-10 09:04

      R466 000 could have bought quite a few textbooks. I bet his children are all in private schools.

  • Michael - 2012-08-10 08:52

    Why is he still the Premier of Limpopo? He is the main man behind many failures in that province.

      nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-10 09:06

      He is the premier of a failed province.

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-10 09:35

      Its no longer an Epic Fail, it's a Premier Fail. Hard to beat that.

      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-10 11:01

      What to you peasants looks like a failure, is actually a huge success for the ANC. There is nothing more important than making (taking) money for yourself.

  • - 2012-08-10 08:53

    I wouldnt expect anything less from Cassel Mathale - i cant believe he is still Limpopo Premier??? AND we still paying for this guys salary?? - 2012-08-10 08:59

      Oh and who wants to bet that the BMW 750i found its way into the hands of a 'comrade'.... ?

  • clem.human - 2012-08-10 08:54

    too bad he never took a few school books to the various schools; he could have made even more. Sadly Malema must have taken the lions share of the Limpopo budget - damn you Hendrik Verwoed!!

  • marcusvandermerwe - 2012-08-10 08:56


  • mmangaliso - 2012-08-10 08:58

    I didnt even read this but i cn comment limpopo makes me sick and those brain damaged ppl keep on voting of the ANC. I knw its difficult to trust the DA. Then dont vote DA or anc vote UDM COPE IFP NFP ACDP those are black headed parties. I dnt knw if PAC and Azapo are still relevent bt they cn vote for them too. And stop the anc stronge hold limpopo

      rallele.ashley - 2012-08-10 09:23

      Stop insulting ppl moron!! nxa

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-08-10 09:36

      Give us one reason why you cant trust the DA ? Take a tript to the Western Province and see for yourselve how a province should be governed moron !

      greg.quinn.353 - 2012-08-10 09:37

      Racist? Wow.. you people still exist.

      JohncarlosBiza - 2012-08-10 09:51

      @Theo there's plenty crime and poverty in the western cape as well

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2012-08-10 10:34

      But no public squandering of taxpayers' money.

  • Angie Marriott-Farr - 2012-08-10 09:00

    no reshuffling please Kzn doesn't want you!

  • sesom - 2012-08-10 09:02

    Bloody thief... Go straight to not pass go,..

      kim.buren - 2012-08-10 09:06

      Thing is, there is no consequences for their actions. So they will carry on and on and on and on milking the taxpayer.

  • susan.pretorius.31 - 2012-08-10 09:04

    So whats new?

  • thusla.molepo - 2012-08-10 09:04

    filthy, selfish so called cadre. I hope you burn in hell......disgusting...

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-08-10 09:37

      Amen !

  • kala.bafazi - 2012-08-10 09:05

    Don't be surprised. He is just following anc protocols here. Stealing from the people, wasteful expenditure, abuse of power, nepotism... It's the anc way. ps NEWS24 stop deleting my comments.

  • nkululeko.zuma.52 - 2012-08-10 09:08

    That is called CORRUPTION!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-10 09:11

      By jove, I think he's got it!

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-10 09:25

      No. Not corruption. Blatent theft is what it is. Finished & klaar !

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-08-10 09:09

    On a recent visit to Limpompo, it was conspicuous to see how many luxury vehicles were driven on the worst roads in the country. I can only speculate that most of those luxury vehicles were the result of a tender that was not even completed properly.

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-08-10 09:12

    Lol is shower man gonna blame Verwoed..Thanks for misusing our hard earned cash 4 your own interest..ANC can go to hell now Mandela didn't spend 27yrs in jail for dis corruption

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-10 09:23

      Well said maokeng. The " old man " would never have stood for this !

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-10 09:32

      Agree 100%. What a contrast we have between the current ANC leaders and the old school leaders.

      theo.schoeman.71 - 2012-08-10 09:40

      I agree... Mr Mandela suffered for this ? Never !!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-08-10 09:15

    Another Paluka on the take. Is there no end to this theft? I would like the press to call all this fraud, misappropriation , abuse etc etc by its proper definition. THEFT

  • charljnaude - 2012-08-10 09:16

    No it is not true can it be government official stealing in South Africa no it is part of his pay.

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-10 09:17

    This is one guy who single-handedly bankrupted an entire Province. This is OLD NEWS which was leaked to the papers towards the end of last year already. The fact that nothing was done then by the ANC may mean that Mathale now qualifies for a higher position as in Zuma's Cabinet or he will move to Loot-hole House after the elective conference in Dec.

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-10 09:26

      Make that " LootFreely " House !

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-10 10:23

      You are right, “LootFreely” is the appropriate name for Thieves`s HQ.

      boffin.bobreturns - 2012-08-10 11:06

      First time ever, we have agreed on something themba. Progress :)

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-08-10 15:25

      Sorry you feel disappointed mate :)

  • dhavandran.palavar - 2012-08-10 09:17

    whats new? but the mindless voters will put his party back in power. the struggle is over!!!!. the struggle is for service delivery.

  • devon.riley.52 - 2012-08-10 09:20

    Wastefull and fruitless expenditure? Sounds like blatant theft to me. Whats the chances he is gonna be sacked and charged with theft?

      peter.jeffrey.581 - 2012-08-10 09:21


  • paul.heyns.3 - 2012-08-10 09:21


      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-10 09:23

      Now you sound like Julius. How do you know he's a busted? I mean, he might be, but still...

  • richard.zanner - 2012-08-10 09:29

    Another Thief in Government or is it in Government thus a thief.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-10 09:36

      It's both. You need a criminal record first, to be in ANC government.

  • BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-10 09:33

    More corruption. Do the Votas simply not care? Is this OK in their eyes?

  • omar.hartley - 2012-08-10 09:35

    Another day- another theft by an ANC official. Its very clear what has to be done here. We need to get rid of the ANC. The ANC that Nelson Mandela fought for isn't the same ANC that rules today. Wake up black people!!!!!!!! Stop voting these thieves into power!

      phosa.peter2 - 2012-08-10 10:19

      I rather suffer under ANC regime than to be ruled by Boeremag' chaps..

      riaan.mostert.58 - 2012-08-10 10:40

      phosa Your loss, loser. Prepare to life in a shack the rest of your life.

  • yanga.dlokolo - 2012-08-10 09:40

    You think you cleaver you bogus idiot, stealing tax payers money

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-08-10 09:43

      Clever, is NOT voting for a corrupt bunch of 'leaders' who don't give a damn about the people of our country. That's clever!

  • maokeng.mankge - 2012-08-10 09:42

    We must hv one union as workers state a huge stay away coz Cosatu is nt doing us gud..Enuf of dis criminals who stealing our tax.Let's get rid of tax..“Gatvol”

      bless.boswell - 2012-08-10 10:04

      Tax is not the problem. Maladministration is ...

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-10 09:45

    We did not join the ANC to be poor. We are entitled to all the luxuries the tax base can offer. What we don't get given by our glorious ANC, we will just take for ourselves. Stop whining, you peasants! Just vote for us.

  • nigel.cupido.73 - 2012-08-10 09:46

    And so there'll be an explanation for this...he acted within the policy guidelines blah blah blah...And of course our Prez will be silent, eventually request an investigation and then study the report for months while paying lip service to corruption...F*“%#K...!!!

  • ben.louw.5 - 2012-08-10 09:46

    Limpopo.. ANC's flagship province. Their measuring staff.

  • phindile.zina - 2012-08-10 09:48

    We're tired of Limpopo and its scandals, JZ please get rid of those corrupt offials...

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-08-10 09:50

    Cry my beloved province

  • avuyile.mali.7 - 2012-08-10 09:52

    Has Cassel Mathale a pintch of integrity in him? How does he sleep at night? How does he buy his children (if he has any) gifts for their joy with money he knows is meant to serve the less fortunate? How does he provide for his family's needs knowing full and well that he is depriving many (who unlike him have nothing) of their needs... THIS IS CRUEL, INHUMANE, EQUAL TO MURDER AND SATANIC....

  • mmaeke.fires - 2012-08-10 09:53

    They can't just stop letting us down, enemies progress eish no man mathale again.

  • White.Tiger.Diamond.Paw - 2012-08-10 09:57

    Mr President please fire corrupt officials before the country decides to fire you and the party.

  • christina.setloboko - 2012-08-10 09:57

    time for this people to pay back the money they steal and be arrested, we only hear about how corrupt they are and misuse on monies, we need to know what will happen to them.

  • pronape - 2012-08-10 10:06

    Another fatcat steal our money

  • KCorsar - 2012-08-10 10:08

    parked his official CARS (not one, but more) and then uses his own. Policy flawed, there should be NO capacity to use private vehicle where an official car (and driver, with blue lights!!!) is available. Do his private vehicles have blue lights fitted, or does he take things even further with outriders, thereby increasing overall costs even more. Thief and premeditated action deserve to be charged with deliberate abuse of office and gross negligence in managing provincial affairs with due diligence. Any code of conduct will make charges like this stick! Sadly ANC will not understand one word of these charges, as being a public service employee, is for almost all, a get rich quick scheme.

  • Dakalo Tshisikule - 2012-08-10 10:18

    ag f*** dis guy der is evidence get dis guy out now

  • alan.cargen - 2012-08-10 10:20

    No wonder Limpopo doesn't have money for text-books, it's all being pissed away on the Premiers refund.

  • Harold Chisimba - 2012-08-10 10:22

    Nothing here is outlandish!

  • Hannes Truter - 2012-08-10 10:33

    SA's entitlement crowd.....

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-08-10 10:47

    What do you expect! Just another corrupt ANC Premier. It also typically shows they worry about the car they drive than the poor pplm suffering. R1 million car can build quiet a few houses. But what does he care and then he will look through the ANC's book of excuses and find a good one to give to the public.

  • Johan De Beer - 2012-08-10 10:54

    ANC's talk : "feed the poor" ANC's walk: "f@ck the poor"

  • Michael - 2012-08-10 11:01

    5 departments under administration, No textbook delivery, New Textbooks shreded, Malema multi-milionaire through tenders, what else does ZUMA stil want to see from Cassel Mathale.

  • charles.gregory.7906 - 2012-08-10 11:07

    I wonder if something wil happen to this guy???

  • pal.mabelane - 2012-08-10 11:12

    This dude is the most corrupt ANC politician after Zuma: 1. Jacob Zuma 2. Cassel Mathale 3. Humphrey Mmemezi 4. Ace Magashule 5. Truman Prince Since the departure of Shiceka, Mathale has gladly taken over the number 2 position.

  • LeahKnott28 - 2012-08-10 11:17

    Limpopo in the news again for corruption, why am I not surprised. I find it funny that most of their departments are under national administration and yet these sorts of things still continue to happen, seems national government is just as careless and clueless as their provincial counterpart.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-08-10 11:32

    Listen here, we are the ruling party and therefore entitled to do as we please. So stop suggesting that we are doing anything else than filling our pockets with your money. Why do you think we went into politics?. To serve the people?. Don't be silly.

  • Vince.York - 2012-08-10 11:36

    Ratangville Secrecy must reign supreme, like the re zumaville fraud. Megalomaniacs are aplenty in this little land of diminishing returns AND not one of them has consulted "John Galt" have they?

  • avrilandandre - 2012-08-10 19:29

    Just another one added to the roller coaster of corruption. Catch one today and another 10 surface tomorrow.

  • obakeng.molobi.75 - 2012-08-10 22:02

    What's new?