So in the past few days, there have been a lot of talks about impeaching South African president, Jacob Zuma for buying luxurious cars for his many wives. I have been searching for photos of the cars and I finally found them thanks to lottostar.co.za.
A spike in the cost of South Africa’s president’s wives’ cars has caused a public outcry recently, especially since the make, model and sheer lottery amount of cars bought and their price was revealed. Proving yet again that the president hasn’t really made any radical changes to his spending, despite the country facing drastic economic meltdown.
Over the past three years, President Zuma and his five wives has cost the government billions. New reports prove that the state has spent 8.6 Million of tax payers’ money on new luxury cars for his many wives. This year alone over $230, 000 has been spent on cars said Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, who attests that as many as 11 vehicles have come out of the police budget alone:
4 Range Rovers in 2013 at $60, 000 each,
2 Land Rover Discoverys at $40, 000 each in 2014,
2 Audi Q7’s bought in March, this year at $40, 000,
3 Audi A5’s also purchased in March this year at $50, 000
As justification for these purchases, Nhleko claims that the motor vehicles are used for “comprehensive protection of VIP spouses”. The funny thing is that it wasn’t too long ago that newly appointed Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan called for measures of austerity in parliament. It is precisely the president’s actions that make it seem as if he feels that he is above the law, and by appealing corruption charges, beyond reproach.
Gordhan’s speech had the message that the spending of government and indeed parliament would be the first step in aiding SA’s failing economy. It seems as though it fell on deaf ears concerning the president. In his speech Gordhan called for:
“This year’s Budget, Honourable Speaker, is focused on fiscal consolidation. We cannot spend money we do not have. We cannot borrow beyond our ability to repay. Until we can ignite growth and generate more revenue, we have to be tough on ourselves.”
The cost of Zuma’s wive’s cars are just the tip of the iceberg that adds to charges like his Nkandla homestead, and more recently, the new presidential jet that received the go-ahead and is believed will cost around $2.5 million. Just like the Police Minister, the Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula came out in defence of the president and this expenditure saying in parliament on Wednesday:
“There is no way we can avoid this because in the first instance, we must ensure the principal is safe.”
Opposition parties have had scathing replies to the numbers released, with EFF’s Mbuyiseni Ndlozi saying that the president was using the treasury as “his personal purse”. The DA used comparison tactics for their argument, giving a list of things that the president could have seen to instead of using the money on the luxury cars. According to the DA, the president could have funded:
- 116 university students for a year
- 38 students studying for a three-year degree
- An additional 61 police officers for a year
“Yet the president decided to spend this gigantic amount on lavish VIP vehicles for his wives,” said DA MP, Zakhele Mbhele, who was the spearhead of the initial questions about Zuma’s controversial spending.
This lavish spending at a time when most South Africans are pulling in the reigns of their daily expenditure is definitely not indicative of a president that leads by example. Surely, President Zuma should be the first to admit to overspending and start to budget better in order to lead our country out of its current financial turmoil.
McDonald’s To Leave Russia Permanently After 32 Years
McDonald’s has announced that it will leave Russia permanently after 30 years.
McDonald’s announced in March that it would temporarily close its roughly 850 restaurants in the country as part of the economic fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
The Chicago-based company owns 84% of its stores in Russia and has stated that its restaurants in Russia and Ukraine contributed 9% of its annual revenue, or around $2 billion (£1.6 billion).
The company expects to incur a non-cash charge of between $1.2 billion (£980 million) and $1.4 billion as part of the exit.
“The humanitarian crisis caused by the war in Ukraine, as well as the precipitating unpredictable operating environment,” McDonald’s said in a statement.
According to the company, it has begun selling its restaurants there due to the “humanitarian crisis” and “unpredictable operating environment” caused by the Ukraine war.
McDonald’s intends to sell its business to a local buyer, which employs 62,000 people and operates 850 restaurants (including those run by franchisees).
The restaurants will be “de-arched,” which means they will no longer use the McDonald’s name, logo, or branding. In a statement, McDonald’s stated that its “priorities include seeking to ensure that McDonald’s employees in Russia continue to be paid until the close of any transaction and that employees have future employment with any potential buyer.” In Russia, it will keep its trademarks.
According to the company, doing business in Russia is “no longer tenable” or consistent with its values.
“This is a complicated issue with no precedent and profound consequences,” McDonald’s CEO Chris Kempczinski wrote in a message to franchisees, employees, and suppliers obtained by The New York Times.
“Some might argue that providing access to food and continuing to employ tens of thousands of ordinary citizens is unquestionably the right thing to do,” he continued. However, it is impossible to ignore the humanitarian crisis caused by Ukraine’s war. And it’s difficult to imagine the Golden Arches symbolizing the same hope and promise that drove us to enter the Russian market 32 years ago.”
Ashantigold Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation
Ashantigold Sporting Club of Ghana has been demoted to Division Two, Ghana’s third tier league, after being found guilty of match manipulation.
The incident occurred at the end of the 2020/2021 Ghana Premier League season, when Ashantigold defeated Inter Allies 7-0. Hashmin Musah, an Allies player, scored two own goals and later admitted his action was to ruin a bet placed on the game.
Dr. Kwaku Frimpong, the club’s President, and his son, Emmanuel Frimpong, the club’s Chief Executive Officer, have also been barred from football activities for ten years and eight years, respectively.
Eight club players were also banned for two years each after being found guilty of match manipulation, and a further five players were given four-year bans for failing to appear before the GFA’s Disciplinary Committee.
Furthermore, the club was fined Ghs 100,000, the President was fined Ghs 100,000, and the CEO was fined Ghs 50,000.
The decision will be implemented beginning with the 2022/2023 season.
Inter Allies Demoted To Division Two For Match Manipulation
Inter Allies Football Club has been demoted to Ghana’s second division after being found guilty of match manipulation.
The Ghana FA’s Disciplinary Committee announced the decision on Monday, following the conclusion of an investigation into last season’s final day clash between AshGold and Inter Allies at the Len Clay Stadium.
The game was won by AshGold 7-0, with Inter Allies defender Hashmin Musah scoring two own goals in the process.
Musah, however, admitted after the game in a radio interview that his own goals were scored on purpose to scupper a 5-1 bet that some people had placed on the match.
The GFA announced that the club had been charged on two counts and that it would be demoted to Division Two at the end of the current season. They were relegated from the Ghana Premier League last season and fell into this division.
In addition to the demotion, Inter Allies must pay a GHS 100,000 fine under the GFA’s Disciplinary Code.
Their head coach, Felix Aboagye, and team manager, Reuben Adjetey, would be barred from all football-related activity for 24 months.
As part of the GFA’s sanctions, four players were given 24-month bans. Richmond Lamptey of Kotoko was banned from football for 30 months because he was playing for Inter Allies at the time of the incident.
Hashmin Musah was also punished, but he received a shorter 6-month ban for bringing the incident to light, and he was also warned to notify the GFA’s Integrity Hotline in the future if he becomes aware of such unscrupulous arrangements.
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