Close to R60m has been spent on the expenses of just 3 former presidents and 2 of their deputies.
Former President Kgalema Motlanthe’s state benefits are higher than those of other South African heads of state despite being a president for only 8 months.
An amount of close to R17m has been spent for the travel, accommodation and security costs of Motlanthe since the 2016/17 year began, higher than Thabo Mbeki’s R13.7m and Jacob Zuma’s R6.5m in the same 3 years period.
Taxpayers paid R5.6m for FW de Klerk’s expenses since the 2016/17 financial year as former president and R5.4m on Baleka Mbete.
Mbete was Motlanthe’s deputy between September 2008 and May 2009 after the ANC recalled Mbeki and needed a leader to take over in his stead.
Pumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, who was Mbeki’s deputy since 2005 after Mbeki fired Zuma as his deputy, had R6.7m spent on her in the same 3 years period.
Overall, R59.4m has been spent on travel, accommodation and security expenses of Motlanthe, Mbeki, De Klerk, Zuma, Mbete and Mlambo-Ngcuka.
Zuma was recalled by the ANC in February 2018 and resigned on Valentine’s Day mid-night during a live TV broadcast.
He was replaced by current head of state Cyril Ramaphosa, who appointed DD Mabuza as his deputy.
(edited by MLM)
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