Explainer: Is Jacob Zuma South Africa's most expensive ex-president?

Explainer: Is Jacob Zuma South Africa's most expensive ex-president?

- Former president Jacob Zuma is often in the spotlight for being a big spender, often at taxpayers' expense

- While Msholozi is far from thrifty, he actually isn't SA's most expensive ex-president

- Briefly.co.za explores who gets the title of the nations most pricey former leader

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Jacob Zuma's wives alone have cost South Africa R4 million over the short span of 12 months since he left office.

The South African reports that R2.4 million has gone towards the former First Ladies in the 2019 financial year, totalling R6.47 million over the last three years.

Briefly.co.za reported that Zuma's retirement is estimated to cost around R6 million a year, covering his pension, security and travel expenses.

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While his flashy motor brigade raised eyebrows during his appearance at the State Capture Inquiry, estimated at R16 million, Zuma is not actually the country's most expensive ex-president.

News24 reports that over R59 million has been dished out to former presidents and their deputies since the 2016/17 financial year.

Kgalema Mothlanthe, who was only the top dog for less than eight months in 2008, has cost the nation R17 million.

A slightly more controversial president, FW de Klerk, racked up a R5.6 million bill and Thabo Mbeki has spent R13.7 million.

Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu broke the news to Parliament recently in response to a question from Leon Schreiber, a DA MP.

So while JZ seems to catch the most heat for his expensive taste, it seems others have quietly been living the high life.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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