Zuma team accused of wasting billions

2011-02-21 14:04

Cape Town - Government under President Jacob Zuma has "frittered away" nearly R4bn on "self-indulgent purchases" since the start of his administration, the Democratic Alliance claimed on Monday.

Briefing the media at the re-launch of her party's Wasteful Expenditure Monitor - now rebranded as the Every Rand Counts Campaign - DA national spokesperson Lindiwe Mazibuko said her party had identified "wasteful and fruitless expenditure" across seven "key" categories.

"Our calculations reveal nearly R4bn misspent on self-indulgent purchases by government members who have chosen to serve themselves rather than the people."

But responding to a question, she said the exact figure of R3 828 810,000 was actually the "entire total" spent by government across the seven categories.

Hotel stays, cars, entertainment

The categories included: advertising; hotel stays and property renovations; vehicles purchased for politicians; entertainment; tickets for sporting events; items of wasteful expenditure identified in financial audits; and "other waste".

Asked how much of the R3.8bn spending was unavoidable and justifiable - given that politicians needed vehicles, and spending on hotel stays, entertainment and property renovations were often legitimate expenses of government - Mazibuko said she could not give a figure.

"I can't do that because there are some departments that are bigger culprits than others. And there are some ministers who are bigger culprits than others... Of the people we have been able to identify, this is how much has been spent.

"The right answer is that wasteful expenditure should be a drop in the ocean... If we were to try and identify a reasonable sum for each government department to spend, it would have to go category by category.

"And things like hotels and parties, there should be no spending on those things - it's not necessary," she said.

'Other waste'

The biggest part of the R3.8bn, an amount of almost R2.9bn, comes from the DA's "other waste" category, which, according to the party, includes "Cuban debt-forgiveness and money to Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe".

Asked how much of this total was actual waste by a ministry, Mazibuko said it was "about a third".

Among other things, the DA is calling for government to restrict what it calls excessive spending.

Its campaign, the third time the party has released such figures since July 2009, is also being launched online at

  • Buzzle - 2011-02-21 15:30

    I don't wanna pay Tax anymore. Who will use my hard earn money correctly. Surely I should be able to decided how MY money is being spent. Otherwise we all should be able to spend out of the government bucket for ourselve, it is my money after all.

  • Mark - 2011-02-21 15:32

    Aaaaaand here come the uneducated, baseless, and unqualified comments from readers who, somehow, still manage to know everything. Now we know why all those ANC audits are so screwed up. Well done DA for the only clean audit in the country. Just saying...

  • Keletso - 2011-02-21 15:34

    Ha ha ha ......,cry strategic in dealing with Ms criticism for Zuma 20 members for ANC. I love listening to your attack for JZ

  • Commentator - 2011-02-21 15:35

    What a pathetically written article. Personally i don't want to be able to judge for which party a journalist is going to vote from the articles they write. Very unprofessional.

  • D - 2011-02-21 15:44

    Wow! Considering the Gauteng highways cost around R13 Billion, could this not have been channeled towards the roads? Guess not. Now we have to fork out 66c/Kilometre.

  • jb - 2011-02-21 15:48

    nothing new, nothing will be done.

  • Clive - 2011-02-21 15:53

    Overthrow these scumbags protester style .. VIVA PROTESTS.... THE TIME IS RIGHT FOR ALL CITIZENS BLACK AND WHITE TO MARCH !!!!

  • Duventile william - 2011-02-21 16:21

    If DA is able to release figures on the so called "watse expenditure", but can not do so on the avoidable amount why is that?

  • Matthew - 2011-02-21 16:25

    this is a sign that people need to think before they vote ANC again we have in trusted them in leading the country and now the better life is for them and not for us - waistefull spending. I am 33 years old and i cant even build my own house in my country SA.

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  • Dracolusus - 2011-02-21 16:37

    That is a drop in the ocean for the unaccounted / misappropriated money that the ANC comrades have pocketed since 1994

  • WilliamPie - 2011-02-21 16:38

    Now, the Minister of Finance is looking for more tax money to finance the new financial year's wasteful spending!

  • CJ - 2011-02-21 16:41

    We expect nothing else but wastage with Jacob Zuma. He's completely useless. The ANC is useless. Time for a change in regime.

  • shakes - 2011-02-21 16:46

    Oh its now ZEE time. From now it will become worse

  • Slimey - 2011-02-21 16:47

    Must say... the facts were laid BARE by the D.A... AND ACCURATE TOO! All we will hear is the regular DENY, DENY, DENY from the ANC!

  • Jack - 2011-02-21 17:06

    The poor are being ripped off by the ANC/Cosatu/SACP elite. There is going to be a huge backlash from the poor. Also from the taxpayer who is fed up seeing his/her money wasted on congresses,parties and cars.

  • But Why - 2011-02-21 17:07

    @ Bangi. Does Lindiwe have to draw a picture for you to understand there are people who only care about their own fortune ? Plank

  • Marian - 2011-02-21 17:17

    One department that I am close to spent R400k for an end-of-year party. There are 1500 people in the dept so the av. expenditure is R266. After a year of hard work (which the critics don't ever value), R266 on tanking a staff member is worth every penny.

  • @bangi - 2011-02-21 17:21

    Bangi, if you don't understand, then you are the stupid idiot

  • Marian - 2011-02-21 17:22

    Cuba & Zimbabwe hosted SAs liberation heroes during the apartheid years. We are where we are because of them. SA cannot forget its supporters during the dark days - whilst the critics were lounging in the suburbs.

  • Redflex - 2011-02-21 17:23

    All democracy has done is bring in poverty. The ANc and its cronies know they won't be in power forever and steal as they will not be taken to book for there actions. Keletso, I believe you have a point to as Zille is as guilty as the ANC and says we need to use local cloths designers. If the DA cared about us they would not buy cloths from local or any other desighners, but at Pep and cheap store as I do! No 1 party is coming up with a answer for me to vote for them!

  • Bugga - 2011-02-21 17:38

    I think something that we forget is that senior managers in the government departments are still white, does that make them ANC or DA hmn? So even though the DA revealed how much was wasteful it doesn't mean its only from the ANC people. Its very important for one to think before you comment.

  • SZ - 2011-02-21 17:51

    Can the bright spark mazibuko (DA) tell us where the politicians are supposed to sleep when they are doing Gvt work in areas where they do not have official residences? May be they all should have official residences in all 9 Provinces for a start! (right DA?)! mazibuko, you are trying hard to please your masters shame, too bad you will never be in a leadership position in that party, only those useless position you will hold for the rest of your carreer, but you and DA deserve each other!

  • Carl - 2011-02-21 18:30

    Thats amusing, 4 Billion in wasteful spending. What about the Billions spent on their blue light security guards, paying for corrupt officials trials(Selebi), Billions spent on kronies that are on paid leave while under investigation, Hundreds of millions spent on golden handshakes for their hand picked officials at the SABC, Eskom etc. The 45 Billion spent on arms that we dont need, Billions spent on government grants to win votes, Billions spent on staduims that we dont need in Cape Town and Nelspruit, Billions spent on IT systems that dont work (Joburg rates fiasco, Cipro).... Its hundereds of Billions!!!! 1 Billion would be able to build 1 Million low cost houses to house 4 million, now they will spend 9 Billion on creating jobs, how many jobs would've been created if they spent the arms deals 45 Billion on jobs? The ANC doesnt care about the people who have voted for them, they care only about feeding their endless greed. Every cent spent is wasteful as it achieves nothing! They probably dont want to educate the population, maybe then they would recognise the truth!

  • Peter - 2011-02-21 19:15

    Interesting when a black person speaks out against the ANC then that person must be the lackey of the white master. Surely it is possible that the person I sick and tired of ANC corruption? ANC supporters, you get what you vote for? Hunger, unemployment, violent crime, poverty and lots more corruption. This is the fact

  • J - 2011-02-21 19:19

    Stop the ANCI Use your democratic vote and get them out of power. To the ANC voters - you keep voting them in and and they keep wasting your money and my tax money. Yet - every time you just vote for them again. Shows the lack of being informed and lack of using good judgment (just like your government). And now Zuma's son is getting rich too whilst you all suffer. Two words - Banana Republic. Money grows on Banana Trees neh?

  • bheki - 2011-02-21 19:27

    The country finances cannot be run like running your household expenses that is why each year the budget is presented to us and it is approved. Any expenditure that is not budgeted no matter what reason are they expended for are unacceptable. If whatever the DA is saying is not a election trick, it is unacceptable.

  • @Buzzle - 2011-02-21 21:15

    We're all growing our own food now. I think you can hand in your citizenship if you are self sufficient. There's a few break away organizations starting up. This is why they don't want you to be independent - they need you as a tax payer to get loans from other countries. Then they go and hire the people that left to come back here and build things like power stations, roads etc.

  • John - 2011-02-21 21:21

    I don't care how much speculation you put against the anc . I'll still vote for them . I'll never vote for apartheid in my life DA

  • ANC NOTINYET - 2011-02-21 22:53

    The imbalance in opportunity, employment, poor and that of the political landscape is what will unite us very soon again apartheid. The enrichment of the FATCATS of the ANC, ANCYL, ANCWL, COSATU, SACP and the other illiterate holding positions has mispent and misappriated the wealth of our country with more to follow privitisation and the NHI. It is vindicative that we had witnessed 2 uprisings in the 70s and 80s. Facing us now until 2014 is another uprising as the unemployment rate demands and further joblosses. The will of the people has proven over and over as what happened to Aparthied, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, Bahrain and more. The will of the people cannot never be ignored when promises are made and never met.

  • YVNNE - 2011-02-22 00:40

    to SZ where the hell did they sleep when they grew up, what the hell and how?where did they and their parents sleep/ commute- before the Taxpayers paid? They can sleep where you and I sleep! The Taxpayers, if you are paying Tax! What is wrong with a guest house/eveTravel Lodge/even Motels along roads/Formula 1 is clean!. Go look at their families, their Aunties and Uncles staying exactly where the Parliamentarians grew up- DO YU THINK FOR ONE MOMENT they would stay in MT Nelson if they were paying from their Salaries ? Noo pal! they will be in a kraal somewhere with pap and meat and what they are used to. Show me the backgrounds, if I am wrong! NOW it is suddenly not 3 star but 5 star! It is laughable everybody laughs because some of our Parliamentaries have no knowledge of protocol,finesse etc,,, when they arrive take away all the cutlery- the do not know which is for what and just leave a spoon!! Yes, it is the Gods truth - ask the Forwin embassies abd siphisticated dignataries- They are a disgrace man What with 4 and 5 star hotels - put them in a shack!

  • Jonathan - 2011-02-22 08:08

    what do you think what its gonna happen when you cast your VOTE for party animals, self enrichment politicians and many more money spend on parties

  • citizen36M1 - 2011-02-22 08:18

    Marian, as employed people, those that you mentioned in your comment get thanked every month with a pay cheque. The R400K could have been much better spent on helping the many UNEMPLOYED in this country - SHAME ON THAT DEPARTMENT FOR WASTING THE MONEY ON PARTYING!!!

  • peter - 2011-02-22 08:26

    How do you make the politicians responsible to the people? Lets have direct voting where we vote for a person to represent us. Don't vote for a party who then appoint a person to represent you. That is not democracy!!!!

  • John Maynard - 2011-02-22 08:55

    Helen forgot about the arms +R70 bn, the stadiums RX bn, the toll roads (could have been 1 cent on petrol tax) RX bn, the Waterfront (Rx bn). The EEmployment of incompetents (RXXXX bn), the Presidential jet (R X bn)., Nkandla....

  • Taryn - 2011-02-22 09:14

    It really is true! Look see every body! BEE has turned into ZEE. This article is proof. But are we really surprised? Zuma was elected even though he raped someone.

  • Serge - 2011-02-22 09:15

    One wonders how long it should take before the interest of the people are taken into consideration in this country? There is forever everything going so wrong with our Gvt leaders.

  • Zuma - 2011-02-22 09:28

    I concur with John.

  • PG - 2011-02-22 09:32

    Shame, poor little SZ, the ANC needs ignorant comrades like you. Dancing while Rome is burning?

  • trader - 2011-02-22 09:33

    Anyone who can't see the blatant wasting and stealing of monies must be an IDIOT!!!!

  • Gugu - 2011-02-22 09:35

    @John Big up to that!! I wish our black people in DA could understand the fact that if DA calls ANC people apes just bcos of their colour then what makes them think they are excluded? DA or not,they will neva be white. I'l rather be bullied by my own black person than to be ruled by DA. 'The only white person u can trust is a dead white person' -Robert Mugabe-

  • Sma - 2011-02-22 09:40

    Can the DA change it's strategy already! Since all it does is tell us about the corruptness of the ANC. What can the DA do for us since pointing fingers is not going get the job done?

  • Malvern - 2011-02-22 09:50

    SZ are you a goverment employee??? Souds like it

  • Airwolf - 2011-02-22 09:55

    Its always easy to spend money when its not yours.

  • jude - 2011-02-22 10:03

    One of the seven categories is advertizing, is advertising jobs, tenders and govt functions in the newspapers reagrded as wasteful expenditure by the DA? That is sick. Every sunday I see full pages of WESTERN CAPE PROVINCIAL ADMINISTRATION advertising jobs, tenders etc, is that wasteful expenditure too? Govt officials, irrespective of who they vote for, are transported and accommodated by the state whenever they go on duty away from their homes. Govt houses should be renovated by the govt. The DA is a sick organization, very sick. When Dan Plato spent 21 days in China last year, did he sleep on the Great Wall of China? Did he walk all the way to China? We all know that SA has a corruption problem but the DA's accusations are misleading, especially when they cannot break it down and show course that some of the expenditure was avoidable. Cars for politicians are just a drop in the ocean when one looks at all vehicles purchased by the state for civil servants, police, defense force etc, the same civil servants who vote for different parties. DA, grow up!!

  • gatvol!!!! - 2011-02-22 10:10

    we all should stop feeding this corrupt goverment.Let's just all stop paying this idiots our hard earned cash.NO MORE TAX.

  • carlos - 2011-02-22 10:25

    We should stop paying tax,to stop feeding them!

  • Tammy - 2011-02-22 10:30

    As long as the masses vote for the anc...nothing will ever change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • TurboChris - 2011-02-22 10:35

    Before you try defend the expenditures go to the website, there is a full breakdown of the wasteful spending. . Just remember you get what you ask for.

  • CARLOS - 2011-02-22 10:41


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