Premier Mabuza defends 3 cars

2014-01-11 06:00

Mbombela - Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza’s office has defended the purchase of three luxury vehicles worth R5 million in one year for his use, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The Star newspaper reported on Friday that at least one of the vehicles was purchased a few weeks after Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announced measures to curb government spending.

The vehicles included an Audi A8, a BMW X5 and a Range Rover, which was delivered last month.

"We would like to put it clear that premier Mabuza never bought a vehicle in the first two years of his term of office," his spokesperson Zibonele Mncwango said in a statement on Friday.

"In actual fact, he used the vehicle that was being utilised by the former premier Mr Thabanga Makwetla [a Lexus LS 460] up until the same vehicle started giving problems," he said. "[It] regrettably ended up having mechanical problems as it had also accumulated huge mileage [and] certainly needed to be exchanged."

The vehicle was now at the government garage awaiting disposal.

Mncwango said a Range Rover SUV was purchased, but that it too had mechanical problems and was traded-in for a similar vehicle.

He said an Audi A8 was purchased in 2013 as a backup car in the event of problems with the Range Rover, of if it went in for a service.

"We wish to state that all processes and regulations were followed in purchasing both vehicles for the premier, based on his entitlements," Mncwango said.

He said Mabuza had often had to borrow vehicles from mayors and some MECs because of problems with his cars.

Rural province

"There were times when the premier’s security was challenged, as he was even involved in two accidents due to lack of advance vehicles for his protectors.

"It should also be noted that Mpumalanga is indeed a rural province and the premier’s work is not only in the urban areas," he said, adding that Mabuza's two vehicles had ensured he was able to get to far-flung and remote areas without difficulty.

Mncwango said Mabuza had also bought a BMW X5, which he gave to his bodyguards.

"The delivery of a VIP vehicle from [SA Police Service] to our province was delayed and... the premier’s guards had no vehicle."

He said an off-road vehicle and a backup car would always be needed considering the premier’s scope of work and his security.

In terms of the Ministerial Handbook, premiers are allowed to change their vehicles after 120 000 kilometres or five years, whichever comes first. The cost must not exceed 70% of their remuneration package.

Premiers' annual salaries were set at R1 888 315 from 1 April, 2013.

This means a premier may use a vehicle costing R1 321 820.

An entry level Range Rover costs R1 501 678.

  • jane.dawson.165 - 2014-01-11 06:01

    I have no words!

      Koos Luerre - 2014-01-11 06:24

      Nothing will change whilst the Anc voting sheeple see no wrong and hear no wrong. Come Aril, they will vote for more of the same. Sometimes I wonder if Africa and democracy deserve each other.

      Clint Warren - 2014-01-11 08:19

      Only the best for a failed premier of a failed province.

      Michael Kleber - 2014-01-11 08:35

      While people are starving David Mabuza ponders which car shall i use today , all top of the range as well , i guess if the big boss can abuse our taxes then so can the rest of the govt

      Themba Maseko - 2014-01-11 09:24

      Let them eat cakes!

      Stirer Kathray - 2014-01-11 09:26

      Just imagine if every Premier and every Mayor bought two backup cars - just in case of engine failure! Hello! Do what anyone else would do - HIRE A TEMPORARY REPLACEMENT; or even get the old one repaired and keep it for backup. But there again,I guess they are pretty comfortable with (engine) failure - just look at their service delivery.

      Carla Smith - 2014-01-11 11:26

      A Lexus giving problems? LOL

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-11 14:26

      Its time we defend not paying taxes etc.

      Mike Purchase - 2014-01-11 14:29

      I find it strange that no agents are making comments about this!

      Trudi Roos Potter - 2014-01-11 23:17

      It seems like a kind of lobola for them. I am worth so many cars.......its a little change in a cultural thing...........

      Bloodstone Shakespeare - 2014-01-11 23:22

      @ Dianne Venneryup - your auntie's is a prozzy - obviously.

      adinparadise - 2014-01-12 05:38

      So many excuses! 'Delusions of grandeur' springs to mind.

      John Rhodes - 2014-01-12 06:31

      Buy your own car like the rest of us!

  • lpnyoffu - 2014-01-11 06:10

    This is being extravagant.No words can justify your actions.What does Pravin say now?

      Feik Mc Heither - 2014-01-11 08:52

      This is nothing new though. Have you ever seen the blue lights brigades in anything less than X5, Range Rover & Mercs? It's an ongoing thing, will never stop. Next on the line: Limpopo premier. What bothers me though, is that these remote provinces still insist on luxurious cars designers to travel on nothing less than a tarred road!!!!! How do you reach your people? By abusing these poor (pun not intended) expensive cars?

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2014-01-11 14:18

      Anybody with some intelligence knew that these ANC parasites will just ignore Pravin's guidelines. And the excuses made are extremely insulting to the public ... to say that the minister needed to buy an Audi A8 which is priced at over one million Rand as a spare car because the Range Rover is unreliable is the most pathetic statement ever. These are just total lies by another ANC premier who is a thief.

      Sean de la Harpe-Parker - 2014-01-11 14:34

      Extravagant? Shame Piet... the poor man went 2 whole years without purchasing a vehicle and had to make use of a clapped out old Lexus LS460 while his voters were all driving brand spanking new Range Rovers. A brand new 2013 Audi A8 which no doubt included a service and maintenance plan is an extremely big risk to take considering the inconvenience of having to request a courtesy car from Audi when his car gets serviced... or God forbid break down... I mean really, why make use of Audi road side assistance when we all know his voting fodder all have back-up vehicles for their Rovers. It makes perfect sense therefore to buy an additional Range Rover in the event his Audi gets serviced or breaks down. In all honesty I do not think he has to lose any sleep about his vehicles ever going for a service because he will replace them well before that... considering he uses chartered aircraft to transport him in the first place. Shame, we really need to feel sorry for this Premier earning a paltry 1.9million a year and driving in over 3million worth of vehicles. I wonder what kind of house the poor man lives in? I really hope he is not suffering in an 8 bedroomed mansion... someone build him a Nkandla and put an end to the endless trauma he has been through. A pity his voters are not suffering like him so that they can at least empathise with the depths of his despair.

      Wesley Nel - 2014-01-11 18:58

      If I am BMW, Audi or other luxuray car maker, I will not sell cars to ministers and premiers. These cars always have mechanical problem. For normal people these cars will last years.

      Paul Ryan - 2014-01-11 19:57

      "Costs must not exceed 70% of their remuneration package" SA MP salaries are higher than in the UK and France. Zuma is one of the highest paid presidents in the world.

      Victor Whitepaw - 2014-01-12 01:52

      Um... "An entry level Range Rover costs R1 501 678." WRONG... Go to The biggest Range Rover start from R1.6m. The entry level Range Rover starts from R650k And why the biggest Range Rover?

  • Mbudzeni Shandukani - 2014-01-11 06:13

    So one car for each year?compensating for the year he had no car.I am fed up with rampant abuse of tax money. This is Why I am paying no etoll.they can subtract it from my 45% tax.

      Martin Makhene - 2014-01-11 07:09

      voting this scum out is the only option....

      Patricia Dewet - 2014-01-11 07:43

      Funny but this never happen to our cars, these breakdowns. Very bad driving, not looking after your vehicle, why they did not pay for it, and their lives are always in danger, from what.

      Themba Maseko - 2014-01-11 09:28

      You have not see enough, now we are going to add Poverty Tax to Toll Tax to top up the Grants, Free Education, Free Medical Aid and ensure our Honourable Leaders can live well as well. It's tit for tat!!!

      Pan Jandrum - 2014-01-11 10:04

      Thinking the same thing, patricia. Would be interesting to compare the rate of 'mechanical faults' and accidents experienced in cars purchased for VIPs by us taxpayers with our privately owned vehicles.

      Frank Coetzee - 2014-01-12 10:18

      "There were times when the premier’s security was challenged, as he was even involved in two accidents due to lack of advance vehicles for his protectors." Crazy and says it all

  • michael.g.melnick - 2014-01-11 06:17

    His turn to drink tea.

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2014-01-11 06:26

    This morons always have reasons to justify their greed,y buy expensive cars whereas the patients dnt even have beds in their hospitals to sleep on admission,lol ANC semi-gods

      Iam YourConsience - 2014-01-12 01:01

      Or the patients are left to eat rotten food and sleep on beds without linen. But his luxurios lifestyle is much more important.

  • adrian.wendler - 2014-01-11 06:27

    Unbelievable!!! Do they really expect us to swallow that drivel!! Back up car? Surely they can manage like the rest of us mere mortals and arrange a lift or rent a car when they go for a service. Why is it only premiers cars that always have mechanical problems? Does Audi, BMW and Land Rover sell them sub standard cars that they forever breaking down? Greedy pigs!!

      Michael Heys - 2014-01-11 06:42

      The man in the street can do 150 000km trouble free in a properly maintained Toyota Corolla or VW Jetta. They are obviously driving the wrong cars. If they drove themselves in a Corolla or Jetta they would be totally inconspicuous and wouldn't need all the body guards and blue light convoys.

      Konstabel Koekemoer - 2014-01-11 14:28

      I'd like to see a response from Range Rover for someone slandering their product like this. We all know the premier is lying but to drag a companies name into that. Sadly Range Rover will keep quiet as they still want to do business with the ANC criminals.

      Twolips - 2014-01-11 19:14

      @Michael Heys: Most of them won't fit into a Corolla or Jetta!

  • William Molatudi Mothibi - 2014-01-11 06:28

    First it was Thandi Modise, now it is David Mabuza. Nothing is happening in Mpumalanga that can justify the purchasing of the vehicles. They must getting their priorities right: service delivery, unemployment, poverty, HIV and Aids etc. Stop spending money on useless stuff whilst there are serious burning issues. We use 'security' to justify everything. We build kraals and swimming pools and say they were 'security' upgrades. David Mabuza is a low risk Principal, nobody can hardly recognise him. Pravin Gordahn's instructions were just laughed off, again.

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-11 06:28

    the excuses cited here sound familiar. are they standard?

      Steve du Preez - 2014-01-11 06:32

      I think the excuses are printed in the back of the ministerial handbook - just before the glossary :)

      Clarence Walter - 2014-01-11 08:24

      I'd venture to say that the ministerial handbook consists of nothing else but a list of excuses - after all, in the present government it is all that a person needs to know to become a successful "leader".

      Patricia Dewet - 2014-01-11 14:06

      It is time this handbook lands in the dustbin where it belongs.

      Colin Malan - 2014-01-11 18:03

      VIVA ANC ,, VIVA luxury cars ,, Viva blue lights, Viva body guards. The masses will once again put their x next to the BIG spenders. Wake up nation you do not have to be loyal, you are already liberated. Vote with your mind. Politicians must work for their keep.

  • alan.sparks.50 - 2014-01-11 06:30

    Always eeesh it's not me and the most unbelievable stories .. Queue take from the leader who has a swimming pool in case of a fire... Vote them OUT

  • alan.sparks.50 - 2014-01-11 06:30

    Always eeesh it's not me and the most unbelievable stories .. Queue take from the leader who has a swimming pool in case of a fire... Vote them OUT

  • Stephan Potgieter - 2014-01-11 06:30

    When I become president, they all, every single last one of them gets a bicycle

      Ritz40 - 2014-01-11 06:58

      In that case my vote is yours:)

  • Robert David Allam - 2014-01-11 06:30

    More evidence of the inherent absolute deviosness of the crowd of numbskulls who think they are competent to run a country.

  • Graham Kirk - 2014-01-11 06:34

    Do the think the public is so stupid to belive this hogwash

  • Andrew Terr - 2014-01-11 06:36

    Guess this PIG was not STATIC in the vehicle market too.backup vehicle could have been hired.This F##$@ UP one day!!!

  • Lindokuhle Mhlongo - 2014-01-11 06:36

    premiers, keep yo cars apart. mechanical failure is highly contagious. lol

  • Andrew Terr - 2014-01-11 06:38

    This issue is starting to be like those Verimark ads,'But wait,there is more,'

  • steve.adams.524 - 2014-01-11 06:44

    Mpumalanga has the worst roads in SA, potholes are everywhere. An Audi R8 to get to remote areas?! The average SA IQ of 59 helps to explain the decisions our cabinet ministers make.

      Ravi T Reddy - 2014-01-11 07:21

      A8 A8 A8 not R8, but I see your point. A landrover Defender may be a better choice.

  • Ivorine Du Plessis - 2014-01-11 06:45

    Security again??? A back up car?? OMG what next

      Vaal Koos - 2014-01-11 07:21

      Don`t let me find one of thes MF`s broken down on the road.I`ll recover my taxmoney.

      Mike Bundy - 2014-01-11 14:52

      Bodyguards for what? Are we at war? Has there been a terrorist threat? Why do they need bodyguards? And why do the bodyguards need an X5?

  • Roland Gemmell - 2014-01-11 06:48

    My 15 year old Tazz is still going storng at 300,00km. It gets me from a to b. Fail to uderstand the difference between politicians (servants of the people!) and the people. The various manufacturers should be asked as to when does a Lexus or MB or BMW "give problems" - certainly not when they have done only 120,00km. Pompous idiots!!

      shilulu - 2014-01-11 10:04

      maybe you check the oil on your car.

  • Johan du Toit - 2014-01-11 06:50

    We just like a life of entitlement. Are these cars going to be maintained? Doubt it.

  • adrian.wendler - 2014-01-11 06:50

    Is the Ministerial Handbook a CAR magazine?

      Kasiboy55 - 2014-01-13 04:59

      You, sir, are getting my thumbs up!

  • Bala Ibrahimovic Makhani - 2014-01-11 06:51

    Maybe this virus spread to all provinces. It could be worse in Gauteng, KZN or EC

  • Feeble Bongo - 2014-01-11 06:52

    They have no shame.

  • Ame Ombre - 2014-01-11 06:54

    ...swayed by super-materialism!

  • cj.keuler - 2014-01-11 06:57

    It hides the insecurity

  • Mabena da Don - 2014-01-11 06:57

    obvious... CORRUPTION! all the way

  • theovanrooyen - 2014-01-11 07:01

    This ANC government is an absolute joke. These people need to wake up and realize that we, the general tax paying public pay their salaries and buy these ridiculous cars. The public also need to do something. David Mabuza could have built more than 100 low cost houses for the amount he spent on his cars. Completely unacceptable. !!!

  • Erica Pienaar - 2014-01-11 07:02

    don't do as I do. Do as I say!!!!!

  • Daan Smit Phalaborwa - 2014-01-11 07:06

    "?? Hoe ry die trein, Hoe ry die trein,?? Hoe ry die gravy trein!??"

  • Kitty Frey Hopkins - 2014-01-11 07:08

    Pondering whether to buy an Audi A8 coz my Yaris needs to go in for a serivce - would be nice to have a back up!!???

  • Sikelela Cibane - 2014-01-11 07:08

    grants now wage subsidy.....R5m worth of cars great achievement I'm voting for this guy

  • Ravi T Reddy - 2014-01-11 07:12

    We keep hearing about the Ministerial Handbook, but have any of us normal citizens ever seen it, or is this the reserve of those that wish to rely upon it?

  • Frans Van der Poll - 2014-01-11 07:12

    Omg when is all this gonna stop. Sorry to say but these f*ck faces are fast making SA just another African country where overspending, corruption and famine will be an everyday occurance. Their supporters will get used to it and just like ZimBobwe will know no better than to vote the c*nts into power everytime. Excuse my language good people but I'm fuming!!!

      Everard Etsebeth - 2014-01-11 07:42

      Swearing is a crutch for coverastional cripples

      Adriaan van Rensburg - 2014-01-11 10:06

      @Everard - coverastional?? This is what we call "Die blinde sambok"

      Bloodstone Shakespeare - 2014-01-11 23:39

      Everard: Chill boet, Frans was expressing his feelings, and he was considering you by using a lot of **, you have read what you have read...

  • Schalk Bothma - 2014-01-11 07:13

    And so we continue to except this absolute blatant insult of our intelligence.

  • David Campbell - 2014-01-11 07:18

    With these cars,he will be the only person driving on Mpumalangas pothole ridden roads

  • Ravi T Reddy - 2014-01-11 07:18

    Please help me here. I am of the view that he Ministers etc. do work for the people and that they are entitled to be transported in State owned vehicles at state expense.. If this is the case then the vehicles bought are owned by the State. These ought to be vehicles that have a high SECURITY value, bullet proof windows etc. It will be interesting to establish what safety features these vehicles have. Another worrying factor is why does the vehicle have to cost an amount that does not exceed a percentage of the salary. Does this mean that there varying degrees of importance of life. These vehicles must be owned by the State, be maintained by the State, etc. It appears to me that these vehicles are owned by the various ministers. this entire thing makes no sense.

      Ding Bat - 2014-01-11 08:15

      0k. So what exactly do you need help with then ravi?.

  • Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-11 07:22

    What about a helicopter in case you BREAK all the cars. Pr1ck.

      michael.tetley.35 - 2014-01-11 07:34

      Oh no! Hope you haven't given them ideas.

      Kasiboy55 - 2014-01-13 05:05

      Way to go Colin! Now they are all gonna get the helicopters! Argh, pull yourself together man!

  • Peter Hofmann - 2014-01-11 07:24

    Please use our hard earned democratic right and vote the ANC out of power , this is a blatant abuse of our tax revenue. 206 million on JZ private home. Is the ANC is reelected we will see this type of abuse expand out of control.

  • Linda Du Plessis - 2014-01-11 07:25

    Agree - Premiers need reliable cars -agree cars do sometime give problems -but surely there are warrentees and service plans to take care of any problems on the vehicles. Where the manufactures given an oppertunity to look at the serious problems on these vehicles? Nothing wrong with a solid Toyota to drive on the bad roads which should be fixed with the taxes that are again being used for luxury vehicles by the those appointed to improve the lives of the poor.

  • Mo - 2014-01-11 07:27

    So what's wrong with a Getz? or an i20? or Chev Spark? or Polo? or Fiesta? As far as I can see, it also has 4 wheels and a steering wheel....

  • Neville Oliver - 2014-01-11 07:28

    Aaaag man more of our Tax money spent by our wonderful ANC government . So Democratic that they rob from the rich to pay the poor .

      Melusi Mo - 2014-01-11 09:57

      I think they rob the rich and the poor (no matter how small it is) to feed themselves.

  • simon.vzuydam - 2014-01-11 07:28

    Whats wrong with a hilux. Gets you anywhere and even looks good with a blue light. Oh sorry they dont come in black. Stupid, what was I thinking

      Gareth Deeble - 2014-01-11 07:31

      They do come in black, but fancy enough

  • Sunday23 - 2014-01-11 07:30

    Oh the poor must suffer .working together we can steel more.

  • Lynn Barrett - 2014-01-11 07:31

    There is too much entitlement!!!

  • Andrew M - 2014-01-11 07:32

    Fairy tales are made of these revelations. Always vehicle starting giving problems and had to be replaced and always with the most expensive vehicle allowed. These are just cases of self indulgence.

  • Grant Embleton - 2014-01-11 07:36

    Cry our beloved country

      jungleboy - 2014-01-11 10:11

      Its called economic transformation according to Zuma.

  • Ding Bat - 2014-01-11 07:44

    Hahaha and that charou thought that they going to listen to him. Wake up pravin. You dont have the balls to do anything about this wasteful expenditure of our taxes.

  • Brett Harding - 2014-01-11 07:46

    We should seriously stop paying our taxes as I am tired of these idiots wasting my hard earned cash

  • Dawid Jacobs - 2014-01-11 07:49

    This is bad advertisement for luxury cars, they obviously isn't real trustworthy..........they break and can't go much further than a Fiat Uno.......eish

  • Deon Rhoda - 2014-01-11 07:52

    the only solution is to remove them from power give the opposition a chance dnt vote a n c let them see where their greed got them cry our beloved country