Vroom vroom bling bling: spending spree may be over

2014-07-27 11:46

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R60?million can buy you a lot of flashy cars – just ask South Africa’s Cabinet ministers.

In the first five years of Jacob Zuma’s presidency, that’s how much his ministers and deputy ministers spent on Mercedes-Benzes, BMWs, Porsche Cayennes, Range Rovers and Audis.

Some were bought as official vehicles and others were rented, sometimes for months at a time.

The spending on cars has tapered off since its peak in 2009, when government departments forked out R32.5?million for ministerial wheels.

This information is contained in five years’ worth of parliamentary questions and answers compiled by the DA.

The biggest spenders on new and rented vehicles were the following departments:

» Communications (R5.9?million)

» Rural development and land reform (R5.3?million)

» Women, children and people with disabilities (R4.7?million)

But since retaining office in May, only one of Zuma’s 10 new ministers and 27 new deputy ministers has considered buying a car.

National Treasury has said it was “too early to tell” whether this meant the spending spree was over.

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