Zweli Mkhize must repay the people of KZN

Sizwe Mchunu MPP

Leader of the DA in KwaZulu-Natal

Former KZN Premier, Zweli Mkhize, spent almost R1 million in government money on 45 luxury private flights during 2010, 2011 and 2012. Dr Mkhize, now the ANC’s Treasurer-General, must repay this money to the KZN government.

I will write to the new Premier, Senzo Mchunu, to suggest that he demand repayment of all government funds spent on private jets by Dr Mkhize.

The expenditure on these private flights is completely inappropriate and excessive. Premiers do not get to fly in luxury private jets at the people’s expense. Helen Zille almost always travels in economy class when travelling for official Western Cape government business.

Some flights were also for purely personal reasons. On two occasions in 2012, Mkhize chartered private planes to attend weddings. One wedding was held in Umtata, with the private jet costing R58 809, and another was in Hluhluwe, with the private jet costing R22 204. Other personal flights included flights to funerals. These flights were all paid for by the KZN government.

All of this information came to light in a reply to questions posed by the DA in the KZN legislature. The response was provided and signed by the current KZN Premier, Senzo Mchunu.

Here are some examples of Mr Mkhize’s wasteful expenditure on private chartered flights:

* R48 235.11 for a flight to Richard’s Bay on 5 June 2010.
* R32 756.23 for a flight to Pongolo on 8 October 2010.
* R30 039 for a flight to Mkhuze on 23 August 2011.
* R49 879.26 for a flight to East London on 7 June 2012
* R38 272 for a flight to Umkhuze on 15 June 2013
* R38 272 for a flight to Mkhuze on 4 July 2013
* R30 039 for a flight to Hluhluwe on 31 July 2013

Each one of these flights could have been made for under R5 000 if the former Premier flew SAA or SA Express economy class like Helen Zille does.

This is a waste of resources. It takes money away from service delivery, and instead wastes it on excessive luxury for an ANC leader.

Premier Senzo Mchunu must take action to recover the money.