Govt's R5m bill for rented cars
The DA has questioned the R5m car rental bill racked up by government officials.
CAPE TOWN - Government ministers and their deputies clocked up nearly 400,000km in hired cars, racking up a rental bill of just over R5 million since January 2012.
This emerged from a set of Parliamentary questions asked by the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Tuesday.
The DA says the ministerial handbook does not set limits on the amount cabinet ministers and their deputies are allowed to spend on car rentals.
Minister of Arts and Culture Paul Mashatile hired a car for two days in January last year at a cost of more than R3,000, but travelled only 1km.
The bill for his hired Audi Q7 for official use in Gauteng between May and August this year came to over R430,000.
Mashatile's deputy Joseph Phaahla's Audi Q7 was in for repairs from April until August, which meant hiring BMW and Mercedes-Benz vehicles at a cost of around R100,000.
The DA now wants to know what happened with the overhaul of the ministerial handbook announced by President Jacob Zuma in 2009.