Taxpayers to pay for MEC crash?

2013-02-26 11:46

BISHO - The Eastern Cape provincial treasury will decide who will pay the R171 000 bill for finance MEC Phumulo Masualle's crashed Mercedes-Benz ML 500.

Masualle crashed his huge state-owned silver SUV in February 2013; his chief-of-staff Fezeka Nkomonye said the MEC was rushing to a meeting with the provincial  premier. His protection unit was also running late, so the MEC drove himself - something he was specifically barred from doing.


Masualle’s ML was towed following acollision with another vehicle  on Hillcrest Drive in East London’s Beacon Bay on February 21. Provincial transport department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said Masualle was "not supposed to drive" the state-owned car; only VIP protection unit members could drive them.

East London police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mtati Tana confirmed the accident: “Yes, we can confirm an accident between the Mercedes-Benz and a bakkie. There were no serious injuries and a normal accident report was opened at the Beacon Bay police station.

The SUV had damage to its front, bonnet, right fender and headlights.


Kumbaca said: "Departments procure these vehicles and permanently fit them with blue lights and because of the fittings of the accessories [MECs] are not allowed to drive".

"[The vehicles should only] be driven by VIP protection unit members."

The provincial treasury would decide who would pay for the insurance or damage, he said.

The car was sent in for repairs on February 22 2013.

Wheels24 says the MEC should cough up. He broke the rules and crashed. Why should the taxpayer pay for his illegal action and bad driving?
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  • Desmond Webster - 2013-02-26 12:29

    Are these cars not insured? Does he have a valid drivers licence?? All vehicles owned by Govt/ provinces should be covered!!! I think so.

      peter.vanzyl.948 - 2013-02-26 13:42

      Of course they are insured!All vehicles are covered!! Read the article Slooooowly once again! He was NOT ALLOWED to drive the vehicle himself, BECAUSE of the "fitment of Blue Lights and other accessories". Thats why the Insurance wont pay!!!!!!

  • leigh.johannes - 2013-02-26 13:07

    I wonder if govt will tend to the bill of the other party (bakkie), it's only fair.

  • bertus.pretorius.1 - 2013-02-26 16:11

    No leigh...WE will have to attend to the other driver's damages. The taxpayers of SA...a soon to be dries up milk cow for the government.

  • Hoosain Hamzah - 2013-02-27 00:07

    we will end up paying as is always the case with their f ups

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2013-02-27 08:45

    Because they cannot organize themselves, and follow a daily schedule for their meetings, we must pay for that. That's bull....these guys are forever late for meetings and uses that as an excuse to drive like hooligans. Planning Mr MEC...planning. A person in your position should know this

  • Jorge Quintas - 2013-02-27 09:24

    awesome, i can also make a small contribution to mr minister so that he does not stress about it, shame

  • Kay Carakas - 2013-03-05 08:50

    He is FINANCE MEC Phumulo. For Pete's sake minister. You know you not supposed to drive, but you insist. Why? Because I am a Meeneesta. Hey you! Small boys. Move out of the road. I'm coming. I got a big meeting. Not like your small meetings. I am more important. Bang crash accident. Ah well. Tax payer must pay for my mistake. Simple. I'm the boss. HAHAHAHA

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