Minister used stocking to fix car

By Drum Digital
19 November 2013

Going places as a Cabinet member can sometimes cost you your underwear, Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa has revealed.

In a written reply to a parliamentary question, tabled on Monday, she said the five-year-old ministerial car she inherited from her predecessor Buyelwa Sonjica was not the most reliable of vehicles.

"I had several breakdowns, to an extent that I had to give up my garment [stockings] to fix the car fan belt."

Molewa was responding to a question posed by DA MP Ian Ollis.

In her reply, she indicated that she bought a new vehicle last year.

The old one, which required her stockings to keep it running, had by then "reached the allowed five years" and she could get another, in terms of Ministerial Handbook rules.

"This information is shared for purposes of [showing] the difficult times we undergo as ministers at times," Molewa told Ollis.


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