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Readers' reaction to Merc gift

By unknown | May 20, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Nawhal Kara

Nawhal Kara

The decision by Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele to return the R1,1million Mercedes-Benz he received from Vukuzakhe Contractors has drawn mixed responses.

"He should have kept the gift, Zuma would have," said 22-year-old Abiah Mahlase.

"If you are given something, surely it should be your decision what you do with it," said Lebo Nchoe.

"Zuma, as president, has the right to tell his ministers what to do," said Zain Kader, 34.

"Generally politicians should not accept gifts. They get paid to do their jobs. Nobody in a position of power should be given gifts because it is difficult to establish what it is in exchange for," said Lunga Mbulula.

"A gift is a gift. Sbu Ndebele didn't steal the car. Zuma has no right to tell Mr Ndebele what to do with something that was given to him," said Amos Langa.

"I think Sbu Ndebele had no choice but to give the car back, especially with all the corruption surrounding President Zuma," said 24-year-old Joanna Sawick.


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