South African ministers have some very expensive luxury cars that they can drive on our not so luxurious roads.
Even though the Treasury has faced some troubles, a report shows that in the past six months, the government spend a whopping R11.8 million on just 13 cars.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the money splashed on luxury cars was detailed in National Treasury documents spread in response to questions asked by DA MP David Maynier, to parliament’s standing committee on appropriations this week.
After the dismissal of former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who placed a limit of R500 000 on luxury car spending in 2013, government asked for an exception.
The South African reported that Mayihlome Tshwete said there was no restriction on the cost of new vehicles for the ministers, because the current cabinet had no existing policy on limits.
Tshwete said that he was unable to find find any trace of such a policy in existing resolutions, but stated that a policy is now being processed.
And the justification for the insane amount squandered on those luxury cars? Apparently, it was either outdated and needed to be replace, or had some damage over the years.
But, policy or no policy, it seems like common sense that the amount of money they spend on those cars were unnecessary.
Take a look at some of the ministers’ expensive wheels:
Department of Public Works:
Mercedes-Benz GLE 350d valued at R1.23 million for Minister Nathi Nhleko
Toyota Land Cruiser 200 valued at R1.26 million for Minister Jeremy Cronin
Department of Small Business Development
Mercedes-Benz E400 valued at R1.1 million for Minister Lindiwe Zulu
Lexus GS 350 valued at R900 000 for deputy minister Nomathemba November
BMW 5 Series valued at R1 million for deputy minister Nomathemba November
Department of Public service and Administration:
Lexus RX 350 EX valued at R813 886 for minister Faith Muthambi
Department of Transport
Toyota Fortuner valued at R 557 927 for minister Joe Maswanganyi
Mercedes-Benz E350d valued at R 984 000 for use by minister Joe Maswanganyi
BMW X5 valued at R984 000 for deputy minister Sindi Chikunga
Jaguar XJ3 valued at R 800 000 for deputy minister Sindi Chikunga
Department of Science and Technology
Audi Q7 valued at R1 million for deputy minister Zanele Magwaza-Msibi
Department of Communications
Jaguar XF 2.0d RSport valued at R748 941 for deputy minister Tandi Mahambehlala
Mercedes-Benz GLC 250 valued at R755 888 for deputy minister Tandi Mahambehlala
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