AfriForum filed a complaint with the office of Adv. Thuli Madonsela, the Public Protector (PP) today after it came to light that the South African Police Service (SAPS) had spent R8,6 million from its budget on vehicles for Pres. Jacob Zuma’s five wives.
“We hope that the PP will launch an in-depth investigation into this matter and the she will address possible irregularities with the necessary urgency,” said Monique Taute, AfriForum’s National Campaign Coordinator.
“According to the presidential handbook, the SAPS is responsible for the cost of the procurement, maintenance and running cost of motor vehicles for the use of ground transport in South Africa for the President, Deputy President and their spouses. The continued purchasing of such luxury cars has been possible as there are no limits set to these costs,” Taute added.
AfriForum views the misappropriation of tax-payers’ money as a national crisis and has already brought criminal charges against 13 provincial heads of department.
This civil rights organisation wants to encourage the public to support this new complaint to put the necessary pressure on the PP.