Modise's R1.3m car 'an insult to the poor'

Johannesburg - North West Premier Thandi Modise's excuse for buying a R1.3m BMW 750i is a slap in the face for the people of the province, the DA said on Monday.

"Premier Modise simply ignored the new policy and bought herself the most expensive car she could find," DA North West leader Chris Hattingh said.

He said Modise's excuse that the car had been ordered before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement was "nonsense".

"All it would have taken to cancel the order is one phone call to the dealer in Mahikeng. Instead, Premier Modise went through with it, even after the Treasury suggested a more affordable BMW 530 instead," he said.

Purchase defended

Modise's office on Monday defended the acquisition.

Spokesperson Lesiba Kgwele said the vehicle was not acquired in defiance of a Cabinet directive.

He said media reports suggesting the purchase was a snub at Gordhan's call for cost-cutting were disingenuous.

Modise's office said the allegations were absurd and malicious because the vehicle was already on order when the finance minister announced austerity plans in his mid-term budget speech.

"The decision to purchase the BMW 750i that cost R1.3m was taken by the provincial department of public works, roads and transport and was below the 70% limit prescribed by the ministerial handbook," he said.

He added that the official vehicle used by Modise's predecessor had exceeded the maximum 120 000km it had to travel and experienced constant mechanical breakdowns that compromised the premier's security.

Hattingh called on Modise to appear before the North West public accounts committee to explain her decision to buy the car.

"This waste cannot continue while people live in poverty without proper service delivery," he said.

We live in a world where facts and fiction get blurred
In times of uncertainty you need journalism you can trust. For 14 free days, you can have access to a world of in-depth analyses, investigative journalism, top opinions and a range of features. Journalism strengthens democracy. Invest in the future today. Thereafter you will be billed R75 per month. You can cancel anytime and if you cancel within 14 days you won't be billed. 
Subscribe to News24
Voting Booth
What are your thoughts on the possibility of having permanent Stage 2 or 3 load shedding?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
I'll take that over constant schedule changes
13% - 1623 votes
Why are we normalising Eskom’s mess?
72% - 8952 votes
I've already found alternative ways of powering my home/business
15% - 1831 votes
Vote
Rand - Dollar
17.64
+0.1%
Rand - Pound
21.25
-0.1%
Rand - Euro
18.93
+0.1%
Rand - Aus dollar
12.22
-0.5%
Rand - Yen
0.13
-0.2%
Platinum
969.08
-0.5%
Palladium
1,596.24
-2.2%
Gold
1,871.87
+0.2%
Silver
22.31
+0.1%
Brent Crude
80.99
+1.3%
Top 40
73,489
0.0%
All Share
79,583
0.0%
Resource 10
74,088
0.0%
Industrial 25
103,121
0.0%
Financial 15
16,377
0.0%
All JSE data delayed by at least 15 minutes Iress logo
Editorial feedback and complaints

Contact the public editor with feedback for our journalists, complaints, queries or suggestions about articles on News24.

LEARN MORE