IN TUESDAY'S Herald it is reported that taxpayers could fork out for damage to finance MEC Phumulo Masualle's state vehicle ("Taxpayers could fork out for car damage"). The car had only been on the road one day after repairs for a previous prang and now a further bill for R171000 is due.
It is confirmed that Masualle himself was driving the vehicle, against provincial policy, and as such the insurance provider may not pay for the damages. The fact that he was late for an important meeting is no excuse, at least not for regular folk like you and I, but maybe it is different for MECs who always seem to be late and rushing somewhere or other with blue lights flashing.
My observation is that he was driving the vehicle illegally and he caused the damage to his vehicle, therefore he pays, not the taxpayer.
Jan Hopkins, Fort Beaufort