South African taxpayers have forked out almost R1 million to fund Jacob Zuma, his wives and his staffs transport and phone bills. This amount is just the costs for the 9 months since his resignation.
In less than a year former president Jacob Zuma has racked up phone and transport bills amounting to R1 million. And, of course, South African taxpayers are covering it.
This information was revealed by President Cyril Ramaphosa in a response to a parliamentary question published today.
The state has paid over R150 000 just for Zuma's flights between February and November 2018.
Over R800 000 was spent on flying, cellphone, accommodation and car rental expenses for the former president, his wives and support staff during the same period.
Taxpayers have forked out just under R1 million for former president Jacob Zuma, his spouses and support staff's transport and phone bills in the first nine months of his departure from office.
Ramaphosa has supplied his answer in response to a question posed by John Steenhuisen, DA Chief Whip, who had asked about the expenses incurred by the ex-president.
Steenhuisen had also requested information about the purpose of each trip, to which Ramaphosa replied:
"Former president Zuma no longer holds public office. The purpose of his trips is therefore not a matter for the presidency."
Ramaphosa explained that, as with all ex-presidents, Zuma enjoyed certain benefits. This entitles the president and an accompanying spouse unlimited trips using scheduled domestic flights, among other things:
"The cost of these flights is borne by the presidency. Other relevant benefits include the provision of administrative support, cellphone expenses and office equipment,"
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