Premier denies buying R1m Merc

2012-03-13 15:35

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane on Tuesday denied buying a new, official Mercedes Benz.

"We do not own the vehicle, it is a property of G-fleet," she replied to a question in the Gauteng Legislature in Johannesburg, referring to government's fleet of cars.

Democratic Alliance caucus leader Jack Bloom had asked Mokonyane why she had bought an expensive car which was about R500 000 more than her previous car, a BMW X5.

"The Mercedes ML63 AMG costs R1 259 000. Was it necessary?" Bloom asked. Mokonyane replied the Mercedes was not owned by her office, but leased from G-fleet.

"Let me answer and put this matter to rest. We have not paid R1m [for the car], we only pay for petrol and mileage when we use the vehicle."

Bloom said a less expensive car could have saved the province money. He asked the premier to consider limiting the cost of official vehicles for executive council members to 40% of their annual salary.

  • E=MC2 - 2012-03-13 15:43

    What the hell does government need an ML63 AMG for??

      christo.stone - 2012-03-13 15:48

      So they can drive into kids on their bikes and cause serious brain damage...obviously.

      Kala - 2012-03-13 15:54

      Ferrari and Lamborghini have yet to make an SUV. The mercedes Benz ML63 AMG is possibly one of the most expensive SUV's around. If Ferrari or Lamborghini do make an SUV our Government will not hesitate in purchasing several.

      Lorenzo - 2012-03-13 16:03

      You really think they pay for their own petrol?? Guaranteed they are supplied with a limitless petrol card. And I wouldn’t exactly say a ML63 AMG has good fuel consumption.

      David - 2012-03-13 16:26

      Why a Ml 63 AMG at R1259000? A ML350 costs about R710000, has just about all the mod-cons needed, is substantially better on fuel and tyres. It even does 0-100 in 8.5 seconds which is faster than would ever be needed. It also tops out at 210 km/h - now why would she need to go that fast in any case? It is just as comfortable/luxurious as an AMG - probably more so because the suspension is a lot more comfortable than the sports suspension of the AMG. Even if they "only lease" the car, the rentals are going to reflect the difference in price. Now I ask you, what better job is she going to be able to do with the AMG than what she could do with the ML350? Eish!!

      charl.hobson - 2012-03-13 16:28

      Because Porsche is too cheap.

      Shoosh - 2012-03-13 18:47

      If it's in their 'handbook' they will milk its right to the very limit, even if unsuitable for the supposedly required purpose. Then they lie with a smile when questioned.

  • Mtshezi Yonk'insipho Iyawasha Mkhize - 2012-03-13 15:45

    Total waste of money n extravagance... Damn!!!!

  • Warwick - 2012-03-13 15:47

    An absolute fuel guzzler, but why worry when the ratepayer/ taxpayer pays for your fuel. Viva the poor viva, viva the hungry viva, viva global waming viva and viva carbon emmisions viva.

  • RealNikka - 2012-03-13 15:52

    Worst administration ever *SMH*

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 15:55

    How embarrassing. Suggesting she BOUGHT it. That implies she used HER money to PAY for it. This is not how the ANC operates.

      John - 2012-03-13 16:57

      Agree.... actualy, Maserati Kubang will be my personal preference for SUV

  • Craig - 2012-03-13 15:56

    Government gets richer and the middle class and poor poorer! Keep up the good works guys, no doubt your voters will still vote for a media silencing and corrupt 'democracy'!!!

  • Jaco - 2012-03-13 15:58

    Even if so, what does the ‘petrol’ and ‘mileage’ cost on a vehicle like that? Eish, I’m a big madam now…

      E=MC2 - 2012-03-13 16:02

      exactly! a 6.3L V12 isnt light on petrol...especially the way they drive!

      Makua - 2012-03-13 16:15

      these cars are something like 16L/100KM..if I am not mistaken.

      Martin - 2012-03-13 16:26

      @ E=MC2...actually a 6.2 ...just to be anal...stupid Mercedes calls it a 6.3 but its not......(hmmm how bored am I?)

      Martin - 2012-03-13 16:27

      and a V8 and not a I'm bored

      Martin - 2012-03-13 16:29

      and if its a brand new 2012 model it'll actually be a 5.5 litre....please someone make me stop...hhahahaa

      Jaco - 2012-03-13 16:30

      @Martin. Correct. The first ones way back when came out with a 6.3L called the 63. They kept the name though now only 6.2. Still freeken ridiculous.

      Jaco - 2012-03-13 16:33

      Martin, 5.5 litre and they STILL call it a 63? why!?!?

      Martin - 2012-03-13 16:39 when okes by the new flagship they dont want one called an ML55...that sounds like they have downgraded from an ML63... Egos I assume..the reason they made the engine smaller is they fitted 2 turbos..makes it quicker and a teeny weeny bit greener to the bunnies..

      David - 2012-03-13 17:28

      Ag what the hell, seeing that you guys are at it. No, it is currently still a 6.2 litre V8. And Makua, it is rated at 19.8 km/l (if you are VERY carefull). Normally averages out at about 24.7 km/l. That is for the average man in the street. Now these people are not really driving as average people are they? Now, the ML350 CDI which is for all practical intents and purposes the same vehicle except for that monstrosity of an engine, is rated at 10.3 km/l averaging out at about 12.8. Thats half the fuel!! And a tyre costs a quater of an AMG's!!. Ag nee man, give a government official power and status, and he summarily displaces his brains.!

  • Antipoaching - 2012-03-13 16:00

    Top Gear's comments on this vehicle: This is the Mercedes ML63 AMG. New shape, new engine, same concept: sub five second 0-60 time and a top speed limited to 155mph by the car’s electronics rather than by the driver’s sense of responsibility. And, notionally at least, the ability to do that in the snow, on ice, on sand…Anywhere. So now you know why the Gauteng Premier needs one!

  • mccombero - 2012-03-13 16:02

    What a waste of taxpayers money, where is the justification for the expense??

  • BuzzM - 2012-03-13 16:03

    Who the hell owns G-Fleet?

      Jaco - 2012-03-13 16:13

      Makua - 2012-03-13 16:19

      government owned cars's reg end with G of something, so how come these cars are government owned and are not registered as such! this is one of the many creative ways the ANC uses to still from the taxpayers.

      Antipoaching - 2012-03-13 16:21

      Heres how her Full Maintenance Lease would be structured: An FML vehicle is a vehicle that is owned by g-FleeT, leased to the department. The vehicle will be leased for a fixed period and kilometers at a fixed monthly rental. The rental period would preferably be between a minimum period of 12 months and a maximum period of 36 months with a maximum mileage of 100 000 kms (however the rental structure will be flexible to the client’s needs.

      Martin - 2012-03-13 16:41

      @jaco..thanks went to the site but still doesn't let us know who is behind it...Although one can see somebody is making a f**cking killing off this government...pity its not me

  • Martin - 2012-03-13 16:09

    i catagorically deny that my merc is mine, i drive it,,,yes, i park it at home,,, it is in my own name,,, but by no means is my merc mine

      Mikkel - 2012-03-13 16:18

      haha !

  • cj.venter - 2012-03-13 16:10

    once again the ANC are begging to be removed from their position of power and let a REAL party govern this country

  • Andrew - 2012-03-13 16:12

    No matter who actually owns the vehicle we the taxpayer will be footing the bill. Maybe the cost of using this vehicle is so high is the reason why Nomvula Mokonyane has not kept her promise of paying the medical expenses of Thomas.

  • Gavin - 2012-03-13 16:12

    Ask not what you can do for your country, but rather, what your country can do for your lifestyle/bank balance/house etc.

  • Makua - 2012-03-13 16:13

    why not buy a BMW 3 series for less than R500K! this woman is arrogance personified! she makes my stomach boil!

      Martin - 2012-03-13 16:17

      thats fair, bmw 3 series is a decent vehicle for anyone to drive

  • Mzamo - 2012-03-13 16:20

    "......we only pay for petrol and mileage when we use the vehicle." This sounds like a lease. So, how much per KM? On average, how many KMs per month do they travel (with this AMG)? How much is the fixed amount per month? Is this cost effective than using the X5 that she was using before? I believe the info. she provided is not sufficient to put the matter to rest. Thanks.

  • Cheslyn - 2012-03-13 16:21

    Sickness in living colour -who is she that she needs a 1.2 mil car to drive around in> She sure aint Mona Lisa and less of a celeb for that matter!

      Makua - 2012-03-13 16:28

      I guess she wants to stand out...days of our lives!! screw the ministrial book.

  • Stan - 2012-03-13 16:26

    meanwhile, a child somehwere in Soweto will again go to bed on an empty stomach... the founders of the ANC who lived modest lives and fought for justice for all must be turning in their graves...

      Phomolo Senye - 2012-03-13 16:42

      this day will soon be called passed.. come 2014 she will be distributing hampers around soweto to attract people's votes..Stan oneday is oneday.. we are not fools.. we can see it the time this wheel starts rotating in the right will be too late..I for one will be singing the song of innocence..From every sunrise there is sunset..this day will soon be called passed..for now we are crying as if we are humming a song..oneday it will be tears of joy

  • HowardThackeryEsq - 2012-03-13 16:27

    Pure excess in a time of economic strain. ANC are meant to the champions for the poor.

  • Bernice - 2012-03-13 16:29

    All GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS should all go back to a very old mode of transport, donkey and cart because they all act like a bunch of ASSES.

  • Jim - 2012-03-13 16:30

    I wouldnt employ her to take my bins out she is so thick

  • clivegoss - 2012-03-13 16:35

    As the seagull said before it flew into the cliff "Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaak ! !

  • Mark - 2012-03-13 16:37

    Nice defense Premier but irrelevant. The country has a problem, a major one linked to your party's ongoing frivolous and unnecessary expenditure whilst we have a ridiculously high proportion of the youth unemployed, high levels of poverty and homelessness. If moderation is not in your dictionary then I guess caution, humility and selflessness aren't either, are they?

  • Dave - 2012-03-13 16:43

    If we all stopped paying rates and taxes for the next five years, she might be able to afford a donkey and cart. Stop paying for these thieves

  • Herman - 2012-03-13 16:55

    Yip, communism sure has changed from being poverty concious to being unashamable rich

  • Olaf - 2012-03-13 17:12

    SCREW THE GOVERNMENT!!!!!! Stop wasting OUR MONEY!!!!!! I believe it is time that EVERY TAX PAYER needs to stop PAYING any TAX what so ever, GOVERNMENT is a PUBLIC SERVANT, they need to server us and not the other way around. We did not AUTHORIZE the purchase of this VEHICLE, take it back and get a 1.4 Hyundai i20. You can do the same job (if you even do anything at all) with it as well.

  • Di - 2012-03-13 17:22

    i love the way they hide behind the fact that they lease these cars - do you know how expensive leasing is - many times more, but they think they is clevah, eish, we deedent bye eet,so eet ees ohkey, ne - useless muppets - thats all this uselss ANC bunch can do, spend our cash - go and do some work you useless dogpig

  • pws69 - 2012-03-13 17:45

    The LEASE is priced according to the value of the car. Leases also work out more expensive for government than outright purchases because any tax deduction becomes null and void. The dishonesty of ANC cadres is astounding, but not surprising.

  • mike.clery - 2012-03-13 17:48

    "we only pay for petrol AND MILEAGE when we use the vehicle". That's like saying it's OK to (permanently) hire a R1.2m car because you didn't actually pay for its purchase. It would probably have been cheaper to buy it!

  • Tony - 2012-03-13 21:04

    She totally misses the point. It does not matter who drives it. She authorised the purchase of a R1.2m vehicle. Who is going to drive it? Definitely not the gardener.

  • Nyiko Ngobeni - 2012-03-14 07:17

    But how much would the lease cost over 5 years? Naturally more than the market cost of the car. Not a brilliant response

  • Nigel - 2012-03-14 07:53

    To hell with these ANC thieves

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-03-14 08:10

    you guys are moaning about the ML63AMG she rides in forgetting the two X5 BMWs in front and behind the Merc The tax payer is being taken for a ride , not the premier

  • Comrade - 2012-03-14 08:49


  • Ben - 2012-03-14 09:14

    give all tax payers the same deal

  • Nyiks11 - 2012-03-14 09:25

    I don't understand some premiers' need for SUVs and german limos , Helen Zille rides in a C300 Mercedes. Although most ANC supporters don't wanna hear this but I have to say Mokonyane can learn a lot from Madam Zille

  • esme.collins1 - 2012-03-14 09:41

    To boost the ego!!

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