Zuma's cabinet spent R10m on car rentals

In a Parliamentary reply, it was revealed more than R10m was spent on car rentals in a year.

In a Parliamentary reply, it was revealed more than R10m was spent on car rentals in a year.

CAPE TOWN - The Department of Social Development has defended spending millions of rands on hiring luxury vehicles for its ministers.

It has emerged in a Parliamentary reply that President Jacob Zuma's Cabinet spent around R10 million on car rentals over a year.

More than R15,000 was spent on hiring an Audi Q3 for a single day for Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

But the department's Lumka Oliphant says the spending is justified as the minister often drives to rural areas.

"Tell me one thing, why should I spent R500,000 on an advertisement in The Star or in any other newspaper when a minister can go to the people and get a far richer audience?"

At the same time North West Premier Thandi Modise is feeling the heat as revelations of her trend of buying luxury vehicles with taxpayers' money comes to light.

But the premier's office says she is being targeted.

Questions are being raised about whether Modise made the right moral decision to buy a BMW 750i worth R1.3 million.

It's clearly outlined in the budget speech that the days of wasting the public's money on luxury cars are over.

Modise believes she has done nothing wrong after the Department of Public Works approved the order for the vehicle.

Her spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele says the vehicle is needed in order for the premier to better service her community.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA)'s Chris Hattingh has said spending so much money on a vehicle is ludicrous.

"We should allow the public accounts committee to do their investigation"

A sub-committee has been tasked to probe the procurement processes that were followed and is expected to reveal its outcome soon.