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2011-12-07 07:28

PRICEY WHEELS: We're not sure what Collins Chabane and Dina Pule rented, but a luxury Toyota Fortuner (pictured) would cost R830 a day.

Exactly what kind of car can you rent for R3600 a day - especially when Muggins Taxpayer is footing the bill? Ask minister in the presidency Collins Chabane who thought his governmental backside deserved such comfort at the expense of his constituents.

Chabane and his deputy spent almost R550 000 on car rental between March 2010 and July 2011, according to a parliamentary reply to a question from the Democratic Alliance.


Which must get some kind of car because a check with Avis showed that a modest Mercedes C180 costs R860 per day and a rather more imposing Toyota Fortuner 4x4 luxury station wagon R830 per day. What WAS Chabane driving?

Chabane revealed that he spent R159 000 during this period - about R3600 in rental per day. Deputy minister Dina Pule spent R387 000, a more modest but still extreme R2500 a day.

DA public service and administration spokesman Geordin Hill-Lewis said such "reckless spending" was being condoned because of provisions in the ministerial handbook.

"This handbook allows ministers to live a life of luxury at the expense of ordinary South Africans," he said.

He said public service and administration minister Roy Padaychie should ensure long-awaited amendments to the handbook were presented and implemented immediately to curb excess spending.

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