Democratic Alliance (DA) requires the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane to investigate the Department of Small Business Minister Lindiwe Zulu for the purchase of two luxury cars.
This follows a written response to DA question which uncovered the Department of Small Business has spent more than R1, 8 million approved by the Director-General to purchase two new BMW 540is for Minister Zulu and her Deputy Nomathemba November.
DA Shadow Minister of Small Business Development Toby Chance said it was revealed the extravagance wheels were bought on December 20, 2017, for both Minister and her Deputy.
“In an oral answer to an inquiry I postured to her on November 29, 2017, Minister Zulu excluded that the Department was purchasing new autos for her and her deputy,” said Chance.
Chance said Minister Zulu’s inability to disclose a procedure that was at that point in progress to buy new autos by the Department, while mindful of its pertinence to her oral answer in Parliament, was deceiving as well as an infringement of the Code of Ethics for Members of the Executive.
“The Public Protector must, in this manner, launch an investigation regarding section 2.3 (a) of the Code of Ethics which expresses that Members of the Executive may not wilfully mislead the legislature,” said Chance.
Chance said Minister Zulu’s adoration for extravagance coupled with a poor performance by her department, must be sufficient confirmation for President Cyril Ramaphosa to collapse the Department to prevent further misuse of taxpayers’ money.
“It inadmissible that the Minister keeps on burning through millions of rands for her extravagance and solace while the Department of Small Business Development battles to fulfil its mandate of helping scale small and medium business in the country,” added Chance.