Ramaphosa’s visit uses state resources

Jacques Smalle MP

DA Limpopo Provincial Leader

The DA is deeply concerned about the abuse of state resources during the ANC Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa ‘s visit to Sekhukhune and Polokwane over the weekend.

On Friday, a helicopter along with more than 15 police and traffic vehicles were used to escort Ramaphosa who was also ferried by VIP vehicles. The same thing also happened in Sekhukhune during a mini rally held in Mamphoko.

Ramaphosa is not a Cabinet Minister or the Deputy President of the country. Using state resources for political purposes is a clear abuse of power by the ANC who were supposed to utilise their own funds and resources to do their political events.

The DA is of the view that all the costs might have been paid through taxpayer’s money which is totally unacceptable especially for political purposes.

We will submit written questions in Parliament demanding the answers about how many police and traffic vehicles were used during the visit.

For instance, what was the purpose of the helicopter? How much taxpayer money was used to fund the visit? Why are they escorting Mr Ramaphosa with VIP vehicles even though he is not a Cabinet Minister or Deputy President of the country?

If indeed they used taxpayer’s money for Mr Ramaphosa’s visit it should be returned to the public coffers with immediate effect.