Cars for Chiefs: Magashule’s only priority is to extend his patronage network

By David van Vuuren MPL DA Chief Whip in the Free State Provincial Legislature The DA objects to Premier Magashule’s promise that he would buy 13 vehicles for various members of the traditional leadership in the province. Over the last five years the provincial government has already spent R12,6 million on luxury cars for the use of MECs. We can assume that purchasing 13 additional cars would match or exceed this amount. The Free State Government is almost bankrupt, Magashule would be hard pressed to find the funds for this luxury. His comment that the Department of COGTA and Human Settlements must adjust its budget to ensure that the cars are bought is reckless and inconsiderate. Premier Magashule must stop playing Santa Claus with the people’s money. Considering the poor financial situation in the province, one would think that the Premier would rather find ways to save money instead of wasting it on frivolities. Traditional leaders already receive a salary and benefits from the State Payroll, there is no need for the provincial government extend additional benefits to them. They can buy their own cars like any other natural person in South Africa. Premier Magashule must stop using government resources, under the cloak of development, to extend and reward his patronage network. We hope that the traditional leadership in the Free State will place the plight of our impoverished people above their material needs, as any good leader should. The money Magashule wants to use to buy cars can go a long way in buying medicine for our hospitals, feed our children in schools and build houses for our people. [end] ##################################################################################### Scanned by MailMarshal – M86 Security’s comprehensive email content security solution. Download a free evaluation of MailMarshal at www.m86security.com #####################################################################################