- KwaZulu-Natal Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu has come under fire for renting a pricey Merc for R100 000 a month
- This comes despite warnings from Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to reduce fruitless public spending
- Mshengu has defended his actions in the debacle, explaining how the situation came to pass
Education MEC Kwazi Mshengu has been criticised for renting a R100 000 a month luxury Mercedes-Benz at the taxpayer's expense.
Briefly.co.za gathered that his predecessor's car had been available but Mshengu is adamant the vehicle is not roadworthy.
Speaking to eNCA, Mshengu commented on the situation, adamant that he had been cautioned against using the vehicle from numerous sources:
"When I got to the department I was advised that the car was not roadworthy and it was not advisable for me to use it until it has been sorted out at the dealership. I must indicate that this was the advice that came from the security unit as well as the transport unit."
The MEC had reportedly offered to use his own vehicle, but this had been turned down by the Head of Department who had opted to rent the Mercedes instead.
Mshengu has indicated that he will be approaching the Public Protector to investigate the matter further.
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has been clamping down on government spending, reducing the perks allowed to public servants.
Mboweni had capped the allowance for vehicles at R700 000 a year including tax so it will be interesting to see how this clear deviation is handled.
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