Provin­cial tally: who gets what?

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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.

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