Geneva or Midrand? It’s quite confusing

2011-06-18 17:38

A luxury car dealership parking lot, or the ANC Youth League’s elective ­congress? The answer could be quite confusing.

While ordinary delegates arrived in buses and mini-buses, the league’s political elite were travelling in sheer ­luxury and style.

Not to be outdone, some ­delegates used a vehicle from the ­Lekwa-Teemane municipality in North West to attend the congress.

The combined value of their cars ran into millions of rand and their designated parking lot was like an exclusive car dealership filled with top-of-the-range models.

During lunch, delegates would take time off to walk around the cars and ­admire their beauty and design.

It was like a motor show. From the top-of-the-range Mercedes-Benz to the latest BMW, they were all there.

“All top leaders and national executive committee members drive nice cars,” ­remarked a delegate from Limpopo, as the league’s capricious spokesperson Floyd Shivambu drove past in a huge, white BMW 5 Series.

Julius Malema’s close ally and ­Limpopo’s local government and housing head, Clifford Motsepe, arrived in a high-powered ­Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG with four exhaust pipes.

Motsepe’s car was the envy of many and some delegates were overheard ­saying: “One day I will drive that car.”

Another Malema lieutenant, the league’s secretary in Limpopo and highly connected businessman Jacob ­Lebogo, rocked up in a silver ­Mercedes-Benz ML 500.

The Eastern Cape’s Ayanda Matiti was also ­cruising around in a Mercedes-Benz ­M-Class.

ANC national executive committee ­deployee Ngoako Ramatlhodi was driving a Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Other delegates and guests arrived in Audi Q7 and Q5 SUVs, BMW sedans and SUVs, Jeeps and Land Rovers.

One of the owners of a BMW X5 has become infamous for his boasting ways.

“He is always bragging about wearing new clothes every day. He is so full of it. He bores me to death,” a delegate told City Press.

There were also murmurs of some leaders using their proximity to power to acquire wealth and buy expensive cars.

“There is nothing wrong with getting tenders. That is how they get their ­economic freedom,” said one delegate.

She said there was nothing amiss with using one’s political connections as the means to riches.

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