R7m for new cars for ministers a waste, DA says

2016-12-05 15:07

Cape Town - The R7m budgeted for nine new ministerial vehicles is “wasteful expenditure,” the DA says.

It is part of a total of R1.29bn of what DA MP David Maynier calls wasteful expenditure to be dealt with by the Standing Committee on Appropriations in Parliament on Monday, Netwerk24 reported.

INFOGRAPHIC: Govt to fork out R7m on 9 luxury cars

The cars that were budgeted for, are:

- two new Toyota Fortuners for the Minister of Trade and Industry, Rob Davies, valued at R623 788.94 and R625 718.94 respectively;
- two new BMW-5 Series Sedans for the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, valued at R740 299.99 and R742 425.92 respectively;
- a new BMW X5 for the Minister of Communications, Faith Mthambi, valued at R1.065m;
- a new Ford Everest for the Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, valued at R714 500;
- a new Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro for the Deputy-Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Buti Manamela, at the cost of approximately R971 423,76; and
- a new Audi A8 and Audi A7 for the Deputy-Minister of Public Service and Administration, Ayanda Dlodlo, valued at R750 000 and 735 000 respectively.

Communications minister Faith Muthambi might get a BMW X5 like this one. (BMW)

Muthambi received two new vehicles in the 2014/15 financial year: a BMW X5 of over R920 000 and a Jeep Grand Cherokee that cost R862 000.

The “wasteful expenditure” also includes a virement of R200 000 from the Department of Trade and Industry to an organisation called Progressive Youth in Business, which looks suspiciously like an ANC front-organisation, Maynier said in a statement.

According to Maynier, the Progressive Youth In Business is hosted in the ANC Treasurer-General, Zweli Mkhize’s, office at Luthuli House.

“We hope ANC members of the Standing Committee on Appropriations will do the right thing and vote to oppose the R1.29bn in wasteful expenditure buried in the Adjustments Appropriation Bill [B16-2016] today in Parliament,” Maynier said in the statement.

During his previous term as finance minister, Pravin Gordhan announced comprehensive austerity measured for government departments but ministers were exempt. Their spending is governed by the ministerial handbook.

The handbook was last updated in 2007 and work on a new one started in 2010. There is no sign of it yet. 

The budget allows for two Fortuners for Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. (Toyota)

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