Provincial tally: who gets what?
Various rural provinces City Press spoke to about purchasing vehicles for traditional leaders treat the matter differently.
The KwaZulu-Natal government does not buy vehicles for traditional leaders but reimburses them for travelling outside their areas of jurisdiction, said Cogta spokesperson Lennox Mabaso.
Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini’s R60 million budget is handled by Premier Senzo Mchunu’s office, Mabaso said, adding that the king was well taken care of.
Mabaso said the department provided official vehicles for the KwaZulu-Natal House of Traditional Leaders chairperson and his deputy – Toyota Fortuners for their official duties.
North West department of culture, arts and traditional affairs spokesperson Shirley Montsho said the department had not bought vehicles for traditional leaders in the current financial year due to a shortage of money.
“The last purchase of vehicles for traditional leaders was during financial year 2014/15. A batch of about 19 Ford Rangers and a 2.2litre H-Trail DC costing R4.7 million were allocated for the execution of their functions,” said Montsho.
The Limpopo department of cooperative governance, human settlements and traditional affairs’ Selomo Motupa said they would buy vehicles for the province’s traditional leaders before the end of the current financial year, but could not say for how much.
But the province’s government spokesperson, Phuti Seloba, said the provincial executive had commissioned a study to determine a “cost-effective” way to support traditional leaders.
“We want to know if it should be a subsidy or if we should buy them cars outright. Treasury is looking into this,” Seloba said.
The Free State government will buy one Mercedes-Benz E250 for King Thokoana Mopeli and replace four cars for the provincial house of traditional leaders’ executives.
Provincial Cogta spokesperson Senne Bogatsu said the replacement cars would be four Mercedes-Benz C200s, but the province was planning to buy vehicles for 13 other traditional leaders.