ZUMA SAID: "we support clean and corrupt free government"
CASUS: Pietermaritzburg - The Minister of Transport S'bu Ndebele has accepted a R1.1m Mercedes Benz S500 from a group of contractors with contracts worth more than R400m in the department, the Star reported.
Vukuzakhe contractors threw a farewell party for Ndebele at the Woodburn Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday, apparently honouring the former KwaZulu-Natal premier for his contribution in creating a platform for small contractors to emerge.
Among other gifts Ndebele received was a herd of cattle (:))
However, Ndebele's acceptance of the Mercedes was greeted with calls from the KwaZulu-Natal's DA to return the vehicle, and said the gesture could lead to a conflict of interests.
But Ndebele defended the gesture by the contractors and said it was planned long before he and the contractors became aware that he would be appointed into the Transport portfolio.
Between 1998 and 2008, the Department of Transport apparently invested about R10bn in the Vukuzakhe programme, which has 29 140 registered contractors in KwaZulu-Natal.
QUESTION: Why should Ndebele get a Merc for doing his job? Ndebele asked Zuma to make a decision.
ANSWER: to be expected soon