The National Aids Council (NAC) sold cars to its executives for $1 each in October last year.
NAC is now paying the beneficiaries $2 000 per month each, for using the same vehicles, since it has not yet replaced the vehicles. Six Toyota Fortuners were each sold to the directors last year at the book value of $1 each after exceeding the stipulated 200 000 km mileage. The six directors then started receiving at least $2 000 each per month from October to date for using the vehicles for work. The six vehicles were sold together with 10 other Mazda B25 double cab vehicles which were being used by Provincial Aids Coordinators (PACs).
When contacted for a comment, NAC communications director Ms Madelina Dube said it was cheaper to pay an allowance instead of hiring vehicles from CMED. She said further to that, the vehicles in question were procured in 2011 and on average they had a mileage of 400 000 km. The NAC vehicle policy states that cars should be disposed of after five years and 200 000 km.