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17 January 2006

Gravy Planes

So there has been a huge outcry over the expense of Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka's holiday. While I do think, that the expenses touted are high, and is a waste of taxpayer money - I do see another side.

Because she is the Deputy President, it can be expected that her security entourage (for herself and her family) would need to travel with her - and she is not responsible to pay for their expenses. Flying such a large group of people in Business Class (if not First Class) to Abu-Dhabi is an expensive deal; and considering the time of the year, I wonder whether they would have even got seats! So, a private jet would seem to be ideal - esp as, she would be expected to travel back from holiday should there be an emergency. Thus the expense of a private jet and the bodyguards should not be in question - but rather, whether the taxpayer should pay for "her" portion of the holiday. Considering that she earns quite a bit, (as does her husband), I think it would be reasonable for her to pay her portion of the expenses - not for the bodyguards etc - but just for her family and guests.

It is interesting to see, as always, that the debate around the issue has been on the two extremes - she should pay for all of it (from the opposition camp and Phumzile detractors) and she shouldn't pay for any of it (from the government) ... what ever happened to compromise?

1 comment:

Sarai said...

I really don't see why everyone is making such a big fuss about it... clearly this is what deputy president's do! They just need to accept it and get over themselves, really.

If you were in that position, wouldn't you do the same thing? Screw it if you get caught, you're the DP for **** sakes. Really now.