North West defends R1,3 mln car

2014-01-07 00:00

NORTH West Premier Thandi Modise’s new R1,3 million BMW had been ordered before the finance minister announced limits on government cars, the premier’s spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said yesterday.

Modise was reported yesterday as saying her top-end BMW 750i was necessary to replace her current model, which often broke down.

In October, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced several cost-cutting measures, which included limiting the price of new cars to R720 000.

North West Public Works spokesperson Aubrey Motsurupe yesterday confirmed that ordering a new car for the premier was started long before Gordhan announced the limits on government spending.

He said the acquisition was done in accordance with the current ministerial handbook, which does not incorporate Gordhan’s stipulations.

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