Fri Oct 28 06:46:15 SAST 2016
Order restored at Sun City Prison after fiery protest over inmates’ TVs

Correctional Services said that “matters are under control” at Johannesburg’s Sun City Prison on Wed.

return those Bling cars - cosatu

By Anna Majavu | Sep 08, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Cosatu has called on government ministers who used taxpayers' money to buy luxury cars costing millions of rand to return them and buy modest vehicles.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven said yesterday: "Cosatu calls on ministers who have used the government rule book to buy R1million plus vehicles to kindly return them and replace them with the kind of modest cars bought by comrade Pravin Gordhan and others."

Unlike most of government ministers, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has bought a modest Lexus for R557673 and an Audi A6 for R590500.

The call by Cosatu comes after it was revealed last week that Higher Education Minister and general secretary of the South African Communist Party Blade Nzimande had bought himself a BMW 750i worth R1,1million.

Nzimande had previously spoken against greed and selfishness in the public sector. He followed in the footsteps of Communication Minister Siphiwe Nyanda, who bought two BMW 750i's costing R2,5million.

Cosatu said having ministers purchasing expensive cars at taxpayers' expense gave the impression that they do not care about the message of opulence this gives to the poor.

"Spending so much money on vehicles is a slap in the face of the unemployed and people living in shanty towns.

"It encourages the view that government office is a stepping stone to quick and easy personal wealth," Craven said.

He was quick to point out that the ministers had done nothing illegal because they were within the limit of their car allowances.

But, Craven said the government should adopt a new set of rules "based on the revolutionary ethos and morality of the ANC that promotes public interest over selfish interests".

The call contradicts the stance the federation took last week, when it backed the SACP, who said Nzimande needed the BMW "for security reasons".

Government spokesperson Themba Maseko said yesterday the government was considering Cosatu's call and would respond to it soon.


Login OR Join up TO COMMENT