Premier pockets thousands in travel claims

2012-02-14 07:47

Johannesburg - Limpopo Premier Cassel Mathale prefers to use his own car on official trips, which is costing taxpayers thousands of rands a month, The Star reported on Tuesday.

The newspaper has reportedly seen a document from Mathale's office detailing how he cashed in on travel claims, despite having two state vehicles.

In September 2011, Mathale was paid R446 000, including his R75 000 monthly salary.

Mathale's office has bought two cars during the two years he has been premier. A BMW 750i worth R1m was purchased in April 2009, and a BMW X5 that cost the state R821 000 followed in June 2011.

According to The Star Mathale reportedly prefers using his own vehicle so he can claim travel expenses. His spokesperson Mashadi Mathosa defended Mathale's use of his personal cars.

"The ministerial handbook gives him the prerogative to use his private vehicle and claim," she was quoted as saying.

Limpopo faced a potential shortfall of R2bn at the end of the last financial year. Cabinet put the province under administration last year after it emerged that Limpopo was bankrupt and could not pay civil servants such as teachers and nurses.

  • talia.brisley - 2012-02-14 07:54

    Why is this news? Is it suppose to shock us? This is happening daily. As long as the politician coffers are full. Who cares about the poor. Obviously politicians don't

      tbooze - 2012-02-14 07:59

      News 24 has turned to limpompo 24 , go to other provinces I'm sure there's corruption there as well , we already know about limpopo.

      Dirk - 2012-02-14 08:17

      Exactly. This is not news. He, like his fellow cronies in the regime, are known thieves. Take them to court, prosecute them and jail them. But will this happen if exactly the same thing is happening at every conceivable level of "government"?

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 08:29

      what car is he driving? R375000p/m a boeing?

      Nicholas - 2012-02-14 08:31

      Its like a child that just thinks about itself, he needs an adult to grab his hand and smack it to keep it away from the sweetie jar. The fact that he is "Premier" means nothing to him, its an open door to loot an already bankrupt provence.

      procold2 - 2012-02-14 08:33

      nothing new here, wait until juju starts claiming UIF in that province.

      miyo27 - 2012-02-14 08:40

      @ tbooze - this is typical behaviour of somebody who is probably a supporter of the ruling party. Let us ignore the problems and they will go away. Let us stop publishing these reports and allow these corrupt officials to continue without being noticed. Let us continue demanding instead of working. Demanding and taking is easier than working and putting in effort......get a life

      Renny - 2012-02-14 09:04

      Eish, these so called leaders of ours, they embarrass the black race. Is there not one true honest politician left?

      Xavier7034 - 2012-02-14 09:27

      Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has asked for a cheaper official car after discovering that her hired Mercedes-Benz is costing taxpayers R15 000 a month to hire. This comes in the wake of revelations that three national cabinet ministers have bought super-luxury new cars worth R4,9-million between them - this despite President Jacob Zuma's promise to trim the fat on government spending, especially during the global economic crisis......

      Ina - 2012-02-14 09:54

      My worry is what is going to happen when the coffers are depleted? Us, the ordinary citizens will suffer even more,no grants, even less services, and the thieving top cadres who have huge bank accounts in Switzerland and the Caymans etc.won't feel a thing. And still nothing is getting done about it. This is going to be another 7 day wonder, and it will die a natural(?) death, everybody is going to forget about it, and Mr.Mathale will carry on in his merry way.

      Celtis - 2012-02-14 10:24

      @Ramona. I agree. This cannot go on for ever but what you will see is that they will first cut the cheap labour, then the services, then the maintenance, and so on until they withdraw the last Rand and switch off the lights before moving to the farms they took.

      Mike - 2012-02-14 10:59

      @ Alicia: That's why the government holds Employers responsible for tax BEFORE you get your "grant"! I am sure that IF it was possible to withhold our tax, even zoom-zoom would be driving a Golf (no pun intended to VW owners)!

      Spyker - 2012-02-14 12:49

      No sense, no conscience... The ANC was given every opportunity conceivable, to demonstrate to the world that those whom they are branding as 'racists', were wrong.., but guess what.., they did not and equally, they still cannot... So the executive summary is simple: THEY JUST CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES...

      russta101 - 2012-02-14 13:14

      @Spyker_May - thieving government officials are disgusting, but I am more disgusted by your comment. How can a dishonest ANC official prove or show that the ANC was wrong about the previous regime being racist? I infer from your comment that racism/apartheid was somehow justified or 'right'. It is clear that you cannot fathom that any person who was discrminiated against, brutalized by the previous regime, treated like filth, actually doesn't care if some ANC officals are thieves. At least in a free SA they are recognised as PEOPLE, even if the legacy of apartheid will linger for generations. You, on the other hand, are fortunately a dying breed of racist filth who, powerless to affect political direction in SA, impotently resort to spewing your racism on news forums, where like minded scum can agree with you and also impotently rant against the FREE PEOPLE of SA. Which leaves the rest of us to do the hard work of rebuilding SA, holding politicians to account for their actions, and helping to uplift the dignity of the oppressed. Steve Biko said: The greatest weapon in the hands of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed. Here's one mind you can never oppress again.

      Mike - 2012-02-14 13:51

      @ Russta101: Please define your statement: "...FREE PEOPLE of SA. ..."?? Unless you work for the government (where the shoe fits), no-one is free! And please forget about the racism / apartheids card! Your own prezzi said: "We defeated apartheid!" Are YOU calling him a liar???????? BTW, the "boere and africans" were oppressed by the "khakis" some 100 years ago! Maybe you should also direct your comments to the Queen?

      Mike - 2012-02-14 13:55

      OK News24, now you can even remove this comment!!!!!! Sad to see the media already gave up to the POI!

      russta101 - 2012-02-14 14:07

      @Mike - FREE people means people who are: free to live where they can afford to do so, free to travel on ANY train carriage, free to enter any restaurant or shop, free to sit on any park bench, free to vote, free to be an EQUAL citizen in SA, etc. etc. You know, those FREEDOMS that people with unearned privildge never bother to think about because they got them simply because of the colour of their skin. And: the ANC (yep, the same ones that people like you vilify) ended LEGALIZED apartheid in 1994. The effects of apartheid will take generations to erase. I am proud to say I have NO chip on my shoulder, and I will not allow you or anyone else to minimize my words by calling them 'racism/apartheid cards'. It is clear to me that the truth of my words are so difficult for you to hear that you can do no more than ridicule them as 'cards'. Perhaps intellectual debate is beyond you?

      Mike - 2012-02-14 14:31

      @ Russta101: Your first paragraph I agree to 100%! The last? Don't underestimate the intellectual capacity of someone you don't know! In conclusion. So you DO agree that your prezzi was lying that apartheid was defeated as you require generations to erase it??

      russta101 - 2012-02-14 14:58

      @Mike : not under-estimtating your intellectual capacity, simply commenting on the lack of this you display by referring to a 'card'. I'm not quite sure what you are trying to prove or get at by twisting my words, and why this particular point is so meaningful to you. However, I will try to make this clearer for you: APARTHEID was a system of abuse used by the previous regime to enslave people. This SYSTEM was stopped by the ANC government. The AFTER EFFECTS of this system cannot be undone or repaired or eradicated in the short term. I trust that answers your question?

  • Snoopsy - 2012-02-14 07:56

    What a chop! FIRE Him!

      Max - 2012-02-14 08:18

      Snoopsy, you can't fire this chop, this is legalised corruption because it is written in some or other handbook for the corrupt.

      PB - 2012-02-14 12:06

      Speaking of the Ministerial Handbook - WHEN IS IT GOING TO BE AMENDED? We have been promised by zuma that all these silly loopholes will be plugged, but I guess not all his chommas has had their fill of scr-wing the taxpayer.

  • Malose - 2012-02-14 07:57

    even service delivary is so bad in limpopo such as potholes,electricity etc eyoooooooooohhhhhhhh limpopo eyooooooooohhhhhhh

      Ben - 2012-02-14 08:02

      What type of man steals from the poor who also suffer under bad service delivery.

      Shadoz66 - 2012-02-14 08:13

      @ Baen a ANC man will do that. Look at the proof. And i bet the SA tax payer is gonna have to bail Limpopo out of its trouble just so they can steal it all again.

      Klaus - 2012-02-14 08:48

      Ben he does not steal from the poor, nothing there, he treats Rates & Tax Payers with contempt and steals from you and me, because his "ANC Hand Book" permits him

  • Peace - 2012-02-14 07:58

    is he mad?

      miyo27 - 2012-02-14 08:46

      yes! He's also incompetent, uneducated and a bloody agent with tendacies to abuse his power and defraud the department

      SaintBruce - 2012-02-14 13:11

      Not really - he used the 'book' the ministers all wrote to create a recipe for money flavored GRAVY! Parliament are lawmakers so they make laws to help themselves. I have seen some of them in CT hotels, and, boy, do they help themselves - especially at the buffet! Look at the last part of the article - there was not enough money to pay the civil servants - rubbish - the Premier gets paid! START WITH HIM! If he is a true leader he will insist his lowly staff get paid before he does. Oh - why even buy ministerial cars if you never plan to use them? Sell them - pay the staff with the proceeds. New idea - every politician in high office needs to have an ejector seat at their desk. Mismanage money and Pravin presses the button! YOU'RE FIRED! The roof may need fresh paint now and then..... The

  • jim.dickson2 - 2012-02-14 07:58

    Pigs at the trough comes to mind.......

  • kgomotso.radise - 2012-02-14 07:59

    The ministerial handbook must be reviewed

      Sharon - 2012-02-14 08:08

      It seems these politicians don't need to do their stealing in the night like common thieves, they can do it blatantly in broad daylight! The ministerial handbook endorses their actions. The expensive cars, the exorbitant claims, the high salaries - all there in the book! And then there are the loopholes, which I am sure will not be addressed. Why should they? They are all benefitting from it!

      Gungets - 2012-02-14 10:08

      The problem is that the Handbook is seen as a challenge, not a guide. It is examined to see just how much can be got away with, not to encourage decent behaviour. In this case I do hope that SARS is going to check his return. If he is claiming for expenses these need to be declared and will be taxed accordingly.

      thapelo.mafu - 2012-02-14 10:17

      The same handbook was used in the apartied era...How convinient to review it now

      Ronald - 2012-02-14 10:34

      Interesting how the pages of this handbook that fattens the purse is carefully marked and thumbed through the most, but the pages dealing with service delivery and how to do your job are untouched or torn out.

      Ronald - 2012-02-14 10:37

      Thapelo, get yourself a copy. The present ministerial handbook was first printed in July 1999.

      Gungets - 2012-02-14 11:39

      Thapelo - are you saying that you think it is right. Back then we had the death penalty, detention without trial, police torture. We had necklacing for common criminals, military intervention on our neighbours. Is it OK to bring it all back, or should we be setting ourselves new standards. For me, a white boy, I don't want any of it back. Nor do I use history to condone unacceptable behaviour. Why not share your philosophy with us?

      Garth - 2012-02-14 13:16

      @Gungets - methinks you did not read his post the way it was intended. He is not saying that it is right - he is saying: `Why are all these whites complaining about something that a black man does, again. They should not be complaining because it happened during apartheid. Did they complain then? Racist whites complaining because a poor, previously disadvantaged black man is just trying to earn a buck.' But thapelo's head is stuck, up where the sun don't shine.

      Themba - 2012-02-14 14:22

      No, it must be burned

  • Kusleg - 2012-02-14 07:59

    I give up...!

  • werner.smidt - 2012-02-14 08:01

    Well, at least it's "thousands" this time ;-)

      Garth - 2012-02-14 13:18

      Typically incorrect, apathetic attitude that got us into this stinking mess of `aloota continua' in the first place.

  • PB - 2012-02-14 08:01

    Just another corrupt ANC appointee. If he prefers his own vehicles, why not sell the official ones to make up for these expenses?

      Cina - 2012-02-14 09:02

      They can't sell the official vehicle what is his wife and kids and extended family going to use.

  • sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-02-14 08:02

    This is seriously getting out of hand, something needs to be done sooner or later.

      Gerhard - 2012-02-14 08:14

      Here's an idea, ask everyone around you to STOP voting ANC. It's really as simple as that.

      Mvikeli - 2012-02-14 08:59

      @gerhard: saying it is very simple but without a decent opposition party which is visible on the ground by all classes of people I don't expect anything to change.

      sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-02-14 09:21

      Voting for a different party might seem like the logical solution, but the way things are I don't see many people changing their votes. But it also boild down to individuals within the party and what their moral values are.

      Ed - 2012-02-14 09:41

      i know...i know...lets change it all and vote for the anc again!!!!

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 10:58

      vote DA, THE only party thats right.

      sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-02-14 12:09

      The one thing I've realised about opposition parties is that they criticise a lot and never take the opportunity to capitalise on the short comings of the ruling party. In my opinion, the ANC is a liberation party and not a political party. Things worked well for them while fighting for freedom and what not, but they're failing dismally at meeting the needs of South Africans in general.

      Anthony - 2012-02-14 14:23

      spot on, time for them to step down before it,s to late.

      Themba - 2012-02-14 14:24

      Mvikeli, vote for any other party except the ANC then. It pointless to claim there is no credible opposition, give your vote to the proven corrupt, and come back here to moan

  • Silver - 2012-02-14 08:02

    LOL you are kidding right? This is common practice. Nothing new here.

  • Riku - 2012-02-14 08:03

    Wow wow..the government saying we will be so hard on corruption..but they don't give a crap. When they have the big cANCer meetings, they all stand around the chicken trough discussing where they screwed whom. and then when they day is over and all the lips are shiny and the buttons have been undone...the leader utters from his hipnotic food state....ehhhh comrades just remeber don't get caught. Viva milking the cow dead Viva

      Sterling - 2012-02-14 08:30

      I just read an article by a writer from Rwanda that said that corruption in Africa was different then in the west or Asia. He claims that corruption in the West and Asia created wealth because most of the corruption are done by corpations and in Africa it's done by individuals. The justice system is so weak that nothing will happen to this person the same way with Cele.

      sihleh.mthethwa - 2012-02-14 12:27

      I think I'm going to do my thesis on corruption since there is loads of material available (^^,)

  • Hermann - 2012-02-14 08:03

    Funny how they always find another teat on the udder to get the cream.

  • John - 2012-02-14 08:04

    How far did he travel and what vehicle did he use to rack up a mileage claim of R 446 000? If I tried this trick using my own car on company business, I would be told to &!$$ off, we provide you with a company car for you to use.

  • Kekeletso Nakeli - 2012-02-14 08:06

    Limpopo, our own little Zimbabwe

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2012-02-14 08:07

    Ministerial hand book, a guide to loot the system.

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-14 08:52

      Yep - a code of honour for thieves

  • Andre - 2012-02-14 08:09

    Dis nou tyd om van hierdie "banana's" ontslae te raak.

      Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-14 08:22

      Ek stem saam

      miyo27 - 2012-02-14 08:52

      I don't know what that means but I saw 'bananas' so I gave the thumbs up

  • Comrade - 2012-02-14 08:11

    T A K E .. W I T H O U T ... C O M P E N S A T I O N

      Marlene Black - 2012-02-14 08:13

      What twak is this?

  • TenRas1 - 2012-02-14 08:11

    I'm sick and tired of this dog, how much does he claim per kilometre? he wants it all for himself. sies!!!

  • Marlene Black - 2012-02-14 08:12

    This is theft. Plain and simple. If government chooses to overlook it then it too is guilty of fheft. By allowing it to continue they sanction it. I think Selebe should have some company.

  • 2zbunu - 2012-02-14 08:13

    I think the spokeperson must qoute all relevant sections of the Ministerial Handbook not only that part it must read in conjuction with other sections.

      Ben - 2012-02-14 10:50

      Right, and the people guilty of corruption, should google only this one word to see whether it is a crime all over the world or not.

  • RatexZa - 2012-02-14 08:13

    Again Limpopo is in the news for money management. No wonder they are R2bn short. Use of your own vehicle should be a last resort, not how you prefer to travel. What rate are they claiming at, R50 per km? Put him in the database ANC, prove you have a pair!!!

  • jimmy.moswane - 2012-02-14 08:14

    The fact that Limpopo Province run out of money even though the Budget was been done and moneye for services delivery give to officials.Mr Cassel Mathale, Mr Namane Masemola and other officials before they start focus on services delivery they buy cars and houses for themselves. Check a very same car that Cassel Mathale bought with Goverment money for himself said prefer to use it for official trips so that can claims back from Government. This is one of the reason Education and Health Deptments did not pay services providers.

  • Marius Koen - 2012-02-14 08:17

    The ministerial handbook allows this. This handbook has got all the loopholes in whereby government can get away with taking taxpayers money legally. It allows for a moral choice but we all know that morality does not excist in the conscious of this thieves. I think this handbook shiuld be burned. Let them use their own cars like we all do.

      Swapie - 2012-02-14 08:38

      frank.hartry - 2012-02-14 08:44

      Its a ministerial handbook made up by these corrupt politicians themselves. They are all disgusting parasite thieves who are stealing from the poor. I hate when they call themselves honourable.

      Mvikeli - 2012-02-14 09:01

      @Swapie them using their own cars is where the problem lies. If they use state cars they don't get to claim travel expenses.

  • Colin - 2012-02-14 08:19

    This is taking food from the mouthe of the poor it is a disgrace. Blaming the Ministerial Handbook is a crock of @#$% - it is at best a chicken house designed by hyhenas

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2012-02-14 12:33

      Brilliant comment, Colin.

  • Emily-Jane Elson - 2012-02-14 08:20

    Can we see this handbook and all it entails?? Is it called "How to Thieve for Dummies?"

      Riku - 2012-02-14 08:24

      1. How to milk the cow dry 101 2. How to ride the gravy train 3. How to eat with your hands tied behind you back

      Gerhard - 2012-02-14 09:07

  • Angus - 2012-02-14 08:23

    I thought you were entitled to buy a car once every 3 years? Now this pr1ck has 2 in 2 years. Surely that is criminal??? The reason the ministerial handbook has not been rewritten is because the ANC is manned from the top to the bottom by swine(trough feeders). They DARE to implement e-toll and other such daylight robbery schemes while blatantly stealing predominantly from the poor! What a great legacy these scum leave for their children hey...

  • kwbateman - 2012-02-14 08:30

    Don't worry - Oupa and Pravin will get him in his tax return!

  • Johan - 2012-02-14 08:37

    The ANC top people are stripping/looting this sorry country!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-14 08:39


  • frank.hartry - 2012-02-14 08:41

    Every single member of parliment of ALL political parties is stealing taxpayers money in this manner. They all receive 80 free flight tickets a year and an extra R200,000 constituency allowance above their massive salaries and gigantic tax free perks. But they then falsely claim money to drive their own cars. I spoke to a DA MP over xmas who told me this. He also said that the MPs do very little work and it is 'money for jam' for doing nothing. He also said that if one does attend parliment in Cape Town most MPs spend most days in the restaurants and bars of parliment eat and drinking free on the taxpayers. He himself is an ordinary MP drawing a small R85.000 per month plus massive tax free perks but he has businnesses and spends half his time earning money outside of parliment. Let me emphasise that this is a Democratic Alliance MP that i am referring to.

      miyo27 - 2012-02-14 09:00

      We can only imagine what the ANC MPs are enjoying

  • solverman - 2012-02-14 08:43

    Well, if he would rather use his personal vehicle... sell his two state vehicles and pay some of the teachers and nurses......

  • william.sudding - 2012-02-14 08:44

    I am sure the "ministerial handbook" must be clear on using personal vehicle if specific circumstances and not if you have 2 goverment "limos" available. Make him pay it back!!!!!

  • Anton - 2012-02-14 08:47


  • Natalya - 2012-02-14 08:48

    I am so sick of this! Stop thieving, 'entitled' a-holes!

      frank.hartry - 2012-02-14 09:48

      They are ALL unelected a-holes. Look at them at the state of the nation address, flaunting their wealth while listening to a speech all about unemployment and poverty. Then these parasites and their spouses all trooped off to a marqui tent for a state dinner that cost taxpayers R15 million. They are all bloated overweight self important uneducated a-soles as far as i am concerned.

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  • Deon - 2012-02-14 08:49

    WHAT!!!! They now have a handbook to steal!!! Say no more!!!!

  • E=MC2 - 2012-02-14 08:49

    But the ANC will just turn a blind eye & wish the problem away...

  • Sharon - 2012-02-14 08:50


      maseratifittipaldi - 2012-02-14 14:00

      Sharon : Agree. But this is just the Ministeal Handbook. There is still much bigger stealing being done by the ANC. YES! BURN!! BURN!! BURN!!

  • Henning - 2012-02-14 08:51

    They should make the man pay back all that corrupt money out of his own pocket. They should also sell the cars and put the money to good use. then they should give him one of those "reasonably priced" cars they use on top gear and make him pay for all his travel expenses out of his own pocket!!

      miyo27 - 2012-02-14 09:12

      He can then be called the most stupid the world!

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-02-14 08:55

    What fukin prerogative when he has state cars you dumpster? Can't u see what the point is here? Its not a Prerogative to loot the coffers!

  • giovanni.nieuwenhuizen - 2012-02-14 08:56


  • Reuben - 2012-02-14 09:02

    I think these people must actually read the comments which are put here, and then they will see what the citizens of SA think about them

      Gerhard - 2012-02-14 13:40

      Sorry Reuben, they can't read.

  • Nigel - 2012-02-14 09:03

    must be a supporter of Juliarse

      richard.hipkin - 2012-02-14 11:55

      He is a BIG supporter of Julius..

  • Thabo - 2012-02-14 09:04

    Are there any paid drivers dedicated to him? If not then this is not a big deal, because there's no loss of money, unless u view it from a job creation perspective. If yes, then this is fraud. Whichever way, the man is greedy, just like many of us.

      Thabo - 2012-02-14 09:07

      we're finished and klaar!!!

  • Kevin - 2012-02-14 09:09

    Another anc cadre...another thief...

  • Clive - 2012-02-14 09:12

    What's new in the zoo?

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-02-14 09:52

      I'd rather call it a circus; the ANC-ZUMA circus.

      dlawre30 - 2012-02-14 10:13

      Stefan - not really a circus, a circus has a ringmaster who controls it all. This is more like a minstral show - everybody running around doing whatever they want.

  • joshua.ndou - 2012-02-14 09:14

    This is totally unacceptable. The goverment is providing cars and he dont want to use it with his stupit reason. Other people are surfering for this wrong

  • Nigel - 2012-02-14 09:14

    and the unpaid teachers & nurses keep voting for the ANC, just like the employees of Arora that did not get paid for 2 years while Zuma junior lived like a king, & malemas poor wonder why they have no economic freedom...cannabals

  • Gerhard - 2012-02-14 09:15

    Mathale is not needed any more. The province is under direct administration from Pretoria.