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Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas's office has defended using her government credit card on reportedly buying fast food at outlets like KFC and Spur.

Northern Cape Premier Sylvia Lucas’s office has defended using her government credit card on reportedly buying fast food at outlets like KFC and Spur.

Premier Sylvia Lucas’s office on Sunday defended the use of her government credit card to purchase over R50 000 on fast food during her first 10 weeks in office.

Lucas was inaugurated as premier on May 30, replacing education MEC Grizelda Cjiekella, who had acted as premier following the collapse of former premier Hazel Jenkins during her 2012 state of the province address.

According to a Sunday Times report, among other expenses, Lucas used her credit card to spend R26 565 on food in one month alone. In August she spent a further R11 956 on food in Kimberley, where she lives.

Her credit card was used to buy food at fast-food outlets like Spur, Mike’s Kitchen, KFC, Wimpy and Ocean Basket. 

Responding to the report, spokesperson for the premier’s office Monwabisi Nkompela said Lucas’s spending was “not excessive” and was “totally blown out of proportion”.

‘Purchases are within her rights’
“There’s nothing untoward about it; she hasn’t spent money on alcohol or clothes. The [food] purchases are within her rights,” he said.

“The premier, just like all members of the [provincial] executive council, is entitled to a credit card facility to assist them in performing their duties. The usage of it is guided by the Ministerial Handbook and national and provincial treasury regulations.

“The expenses around food are for when she convenes meetings or travels long distances,” he said.

More than R2 000 was spent at the local Spar, which Lucas told the Sunday Times was “close to her home”. She also said that she travelled long distances and needed to purchase water and Powerade.

How would we have eaten if we didn’t use taxpayers’ money?” she told the paper.

Uhmmm…by using your own money?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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