President Zuma accused of ‘bleeding South Africans dry’

It’s come to light that nearly R9 million has been spent on luxury cars for the president's wives.

FILE: President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance (DA) says President Jacob Zuma is continuing to "bleed South Africans dry" after it came to light that nearly R9 million was spent on luxury cars for the president's wives.

Eleven vehicles were bought with money from the Police Department's budget between 2013 and 2016, at a total cost of R8.6 million.

Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko disclosed the amount in a written response to a parliamentary question.

Democratic Alliance (DA) Member of Parliament (MP) Zak Mbhele asked whether any vehicles were purchased from the South African Police Service (Saps) budget for use by Zuma's spouses.

In response Nhleko said the vehicles, which include four Range Rover SUVs, priced at nearly R1 million each, are to provide "comprehensive protection of VIP spouses".

Mbhele believes the money could have been used to fund university students or hire more police officers instead of buying "lavish VIP vehicles" for Zuma's wives.

The State reportedly spent R15.7 million last year on the Presidential Spousal Support Unit, the highest amount spent on the unit to date.