Vavi blasts expenditure rule

COSATU general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi has spoken against the purchase of new flashy cars worth almost R4million by Communications Minister Siphiwe Nyanda and Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga.

Speaking to Sowetan yesterday, Vavi said the rule in the ministerial handbook, which allows ministers to buy cars worth 70% of their annual salaries, was "immoral and wrong".

"Rule or no rule, they can't just purchase expensive cars at taxpayers' expense, giving an impression that they do not care about the message this opulence gives to the poor," he said.

Speaking on the eve of a nationwide municipal workers' strike, Vavi said: "Cosatu won't be able to convince workers to go easy when they see cars worth millions bought by ministers."

"It is management with their hugely inflated salaries who are responsible for the sorry state of so many municipalities," said Samwu general secretary Mthandeki Nhlapo.