NWest premier bought another car too

2014-01-10 21:06

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Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise has purchased two cars during her time in office, the DA said on Friday.

"MEC for public works, roads and transport Raymond Elisha indicated that Modise utilised another car over and above the R1.3 million BMW she ordered in November and the R1.1m BMW she took over from former premier Maureen Modiselle," Democratic Alliance North West spokesperson Chris Hattingh said in a statement.

He said Elisha did not give details of the car or why it was purchased.

The North West legislature has set up a sub-committee to probe the procurement processes followed in purchasing the R1.3m car.

Mahlakeng Mahlakeng, the chair of the sub-committee, confirmed that a second car was used by Modise.

The premier's spokesperson, Lesiba Kgwele, referred questions on the second car to the public works and transport department.

Its spokesperson Aubrey Motsupe said the first car was purchased for the premier in 2011 after the vehicle used by Modiselle was involved in an accident.

The vehicle developed mechanical defects in September 2013.

"The vehicle had accumulated 143 000km and has been in and out of accredited BMW dealerships since September 2013," Motsupe said.

"The ministerial handbook states that an official vehicle should be replaced after 120 000km or five years, whichever comes first," he said.

Afterwards, the premier's office submitted a request for the purchase of a new vehicle.

The legislature's standing committee on public accounts (Scopa) condemned the amount spent on the 750i BMW, acknowledging that the economy was under pressure, chair Hlomane Chauke said in a statement on Thursday.

"We are aware there is still a need to standardise the cost containment prescribed in the ministerial handbook, but that should not constitute [excuse] the reckless spending... by the executive," he said.

Scopa held talks on Thursday with Elisha. Afterwards, the committee asked for a formal written document to ensure transparency and accountability and said it would fulfil its oversight role and investigate the matter.

- SAPA

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