May 25, 2016.
For Creamer Media in Johannesburg, I’m Sane Dhlamini.
Close to R9 million of police budget used on vehicles for Zuma’s wives
AU Chairperson says Africa Day is a time to reflect on continent’s achievements
And, Zuma to host Africa Day event
More than R8.6-million of the South African Police Service budget was spent on luxury vehicles for the wives of President Jacob Zuma over the past four financial years, a parliamentary reply by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko revealed yesterday.
The vehicles purchased included four Range Rover standard utility vehicles, purchased in 2013, at a cost of R946 612 each and two Land Rover Discovery SUVs, purchased in 2014 for R638 831 each.
According to Nhleko’s written reply, five vehicles were purchased this year – two Audi Q7 SUVs at a cost of R857 047 each and three Audi A 6 sedans with a price tag of R634 992 each.
Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the chairperson of the African Union Commission said Africa Day was a time to reflect on achievements and also to aspire for a better life for all Africans.
Dlamini Zuma said celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of the foundation of the Continental Organization, the Organisation of African Unity now the AU, allowed her to extend her warmest and most sincere best wishes for Africa Day.
She said everyone aspired to a well-governed and prosperous Africa under the basic tenets of democracy, rule of law and full respect of human and peoples’ rights.
This year Africa Day is being celebrated under the theme: “Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women”.
President Jacob Zuma will host the 2016 Africa Day celebration at the Cape Town International Convention Centre today.
The Presidency said Africa Day was intended to celebrate "African solidarity" as many countries on the continent had helped South Africa's anti-apartheid struggle, and provided material, social, political, and military support.
It also said Africa Day thus provided an opportunity to celebrate that African solidarity and to continue expressing it through the ongoing support for many in the continent who were caught up in conflict.
It was celebrated annually to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963 and the African Union in 2002.
Also making headlines:
Former SA President Thabo Mbeki will today speak on Africa Day at Ditsong Museum.
South Africans will have the opportunity to critique Parliament’s work.
And, Corruption Watch said SA companies did little to protect whistle-blowers.
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That’s a roundup of news making headlines today