TAXPAYERS may have to pay the R171000 bill for Finance MEC Phumulo Masualle's damaged vehicle, the Eastern Cape government revealed yesterday.
Masualle was involved in an accident on Thursday with his state- owned silver Mercedes-Benz ML, which had just returned from repairs the previous day.
He was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident, although provincial policy prohibits this.
Provincial Transport Department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said only VIP protection unit members could drive the vehicles.
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