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I HAVE noticed with awe that Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has entered the fray about the ministers' expenditures on vehicles and has called for a review of the ministerial handbook.
Others who also called for sensibility about the expenditure on ministerial vehicles include Cope's Phillip Dexter and the DA's Lindiwe Mazibuko.
I find it despicable that hefty amounts of R2million are spent on vehicles for a single individual. It constitutes gross insensitivity on the part of the ministers, considering that South Africa is the centre of grinding poverty.
But also I find it unacceptable that these leaders have spoken selectively about unnecessary government expenditure.
One such expenditure is the millions spent on celebrating the birthday of former president Nelson Mandela in his private capacity.
While I will never discount his contribution to the liberation of our country, I find the use of state funds to send messages through expensive advertisements highly unwarranted and utterly insensitive.
Municipalities, provinces and national departments spent millions on newspaper advertisements wishing Mandela a happy birthday at the expense of a little boy in rural Tshimbofhu who goes to bed hungry.
It was at the expense of a street kid who relies on collecting metal and plastics for recycling to make a living.
It is disgusting because the Tivanani Primary School does not have enough food and books.