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

2014-01-06 14:32

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.

  • Pat Aldrich - 2014-01-06 14:38

    They dont care about the poor. It is the poor that care about them. Taxes like vat etc.

      Mike Heyns - 2014-01-06 14:51

      Well, she will claim that she gave them food parcels some months ago?

      Andrew Terr - 2014-01-06 16:08

      After all the fuss kicked up by the opposition among others,you would expect any self respecting minister to bow to pressure and cancel the order.Noooo.IT has to find all the excuses to keep the damn thing.Like a famished pig at a trough.

      Frederick Kaczynski - 2014-01-06 23:07

      big chief in a little pond. its not the white mans fault you're fckd... its your disregard for your own people. white people don't do this. hence their success.

      Brolloks En Bittergal - 2014-01-07 04:03

      BMW's are unreliable. Her's the proof: At 120 000 km it constantly breaks down even if it is serviced regularly. Eish

      Michael Kleber - 2014-01-07 06:57

      Eish now she can drive through her old community and they will see she is now rich , problem is her old community helped pay for her fancy beamer while they try scratch some money together to buy food , but you did vote for her so wave and smile as she flashes by

      Heini Falk - 2014-01-07 07:44

      She obviously needed the V8 Twin Turbo engine with a Automatic. Then the entertainment system that has 2 full HD 9.2" LED screens in the back to watch movies on. What I find disgusting in this is why didnt she just take a standard 320i for 400k and no one would say anything. But because she feel entitled she takes the most expensive one of the whole range. And she is not that important for her "Security" to be at that level. She is a nobody who got the job because of BEE and not because she can actually do the work. This isn't black and white anymore but pure BEE greed.

      Bo Russia - 2014-01-07 07:45

      I bet she can't even drive the car with her fake license!

      Michael Kleber - 2014-01-07 07:49

      And to think that Helen Zille drives around in a opel corsa

      Handy Andy - 2014-01-07 11:51

      May the heavens help her, she either has to drive in a 750i BWM with 120000km on the clock, or a 530i BWM. The struggle continues!!! and still people vote for them???!!!!

      Midnite Man - 2014-01-07 15:39

      The National Lottery funds are being used to fund the purchase of these vehicles- don't play lotto 'cos senior officials are robbing the money from the kitty !!

      Sedeshan Naidoo - 2014-01-08 12:40

      This woman's mindset is clear for all to see. She ordered the ridiculously expensive car before the cost-cut announcement was made, so that makes it ok. She should be using that money to uplift her community but she splurges on a 1.3m car to cart her fat ass around.

  • Oupa Lamza Molamu - 2014-01-06 14:38

    Wow!..last six months before the watershed...wise!

      SaintBruce Bruce - 2014-01-06 17:00

      She and her department are not doing the Jacob Zuma campaign much good and show their inability to show any common sense - but what else did we expect from the Cadres ? The statements in this regard from the ANC are all about blame shifting. Now - will she keep the car or return it? What would Madiba do? Let's wait while the cogs start moving and see what s this esteemed Minister chooses to do [probably needs some Johnny Walker Blue to get the cogs shifting ...]!

      Colin Malan - 2014-01-06 20:11

      Oupa ,, They keep shooting themselves in the foot.. This event, in a sense reveals what they think of their superiors (read Zuma & Pravin) The ANC has begun it's self imploding..

      Kenny Williams - 2014-01-06 21:01

      Wow, it's time the ministerial handbook tells these greedy thieves how to spend money on the poor. So if the ministerial handbook tells you you can spend that much money on a car then don't bother to look at the plight of the poor, just gorge yourself. I hope the poor applaud your choice of car as they starve to death. Disgusting.

      Michael Kleber - 2014-01-07 07:16

      strange that there is money for cars , nkandla etc. but there isn't money for what our taxes are really meant for i.e. building roads , thus the e'tolls , you can say what you like but the current govt is a dishonest , corrupt , incompetent bunch

      Mark Russell - 2014-01-08 15:12

      Hey SaintBruce Bruce, I think that Zumas campaign is not helped at all by Zuma himself! This just shows how little these politicians actually care about what citizens think! The Minister of finance should have her flogged in public for simply ignoring the new cost saving mandate and let her pull that car around for a month...she will be wishing she went for the 5 series very quickly. Bunch of self serving arrogant slime balls!

  • Kevin Koekemoer - 2014-01-06 14:38

    Send them all to jail!

      Peter Woods - 2014-01-07 10:01

      Bring on the elections...

  • Ian Trenor - 2014-01-06 14:38

    Viva corruption viva!!!!!!! Just another day in Africa.

  • DerekMain - 2014-01-06 14:39

    We have seen enough of the cANCer to know that what they say and what they actually do are 2 entirely different matters. All they are interested in is feeding at the trough - they just have to keep hoodwinking the voters and they are safe. They don't give a damn about anyone but themselves. Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Paul Lanterme - 2014-01-06 14:41

    Eish !!!

      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-06 16:05

      Suckers with a Mother and an F.

  • Sisie Indola - 2014-01-06 14:41

    But that won't stop the people from voting for the ANC. Is it because they have this misconceived idea that if they are driving such a fancy expensive car then you are doing their job. Outer trappings do not make a person, nor does it mean that you are doing your job - it does however say, that it is my right to drive this the same as its my right to live in a mansion, and if you are starving shame election time is coming you will get you food parcel. If you are not one of the inner circle that is your problem and if my province is so badly run - i don't care as long as i say the right words at the right time and kiss JZ feet i will get my exorbitant salary and all the trappings. They did not "fight" to be poor and the rest of you be damned.

      Malele Mogoane - 2014-01-06 15:02

      people will vote for anc and not a particular individual. There is a different process to elect and unelect leaders of the anc.

      Xavier7034 - 2014-01-06 18:55

      Cadre deployment....seriously flawed....people not appointed on ability...BoooZooma is the best.....worst example....

  • Terence Wessels - 2014-01-06 14:44

    ANC you are disgusting pigs! While your people wonder where they can scrape together a R10 for a bag of dry pap for food, you scum buy cars for millions! Totally sick, and the poor still believe these criminals have their best interests at heart. It doesn't sadden me anymore, it makes me very angry. I guess just follow your boss showerheads example ne???? Idiots. Vote anyone but ANC 2014......

  • Magda Henning Human - 2014-01-06 14:44

    Can this OC drive such a vehicle at her age? Aint the vehicle to fast for her?

  • QI - 2014-01-06 14:46

    I am disgusted!!! How dare she, especially when Everybody is already up in arms about the extravagance of the ruling party. We are all frequently accosted to donate this and that to school kids for shoes, soup kitchens, bus tickets etc., etc., etc. and Madam Thandi Modise has just taken delivery of a brand new car costing R1.3 bloody million Rand!!! I am FURIOUS!!! I don't care if she ordered it a year ago, she has a bloody cheek!!!

  • Werner Pagels - 2014-01-06 14:47

    120,000km and constant mechanical breakdowns that compromised the premier's security? Well maintained vehicles will give you way more than just 120,000km... But like I say, Well maintained! And besides, what security is being compromised? Her position at the feeding frenzy?

      Marlene Black - 2014-01-07 08:12

      Perhaps the 120000 limit is because the roads are so bad in her region - no maintenance - potholes etc?

      Marlene Black - 2014-01-07 08:12

      And I wonder who's fault that is?

  • George Williams - 2014-01-06 14:48

    What a load. I still drive a 1998 BMW with 200000km on the clock and it still meets my needs. If it's not your money blow it as fast as you can because you may not get another chance. That is the attitude of this useless GOVT.

      sesom - 2014-01-06 15:12


      Colin Craig Broadfoot - 2014-01-06 16:09

      I think SHE is logged on to this page. All the thumbs down can only be hers.

  • Vukani Mkhize - 2014-01-06 14:48

    it's not too late to return it

  • pmalungana - 2014-01-06 14:49

    She did know, the price, ask the department of public works. The expenditure is for security reasons. The honour able thing is to apologize and return the damn car

  • Omn Basso - 2014-01-06 14:50


  • Fannie Mashilo - 2014-01-06 14:53

    This poor deserves it,how on earth do you keep in power your oppressor,should somebody fails to take care of your needs for 10 yrs what makes you to believe that they'll do it right after 20 yrs.

  • steph.reinstein - 2014-01-06 14:53

    Absolutely fascinating the continuous paranoia these 'excuses for a leader' have. Wether it's a car or a R250M security upgrade Nkandla, it seems they are buying security and for themselves using tax money and omitting the crime stats for the normal citizens.

      Xolile Naki - 2014-01-07 10:31

      And to come to think of it, the security cluster as mentioned by Bantu Holomisa is made up of people that hail from Zuma's province, the same people who defended his upgrade of Nkandla. "We will never again see the like of Nelson Mandela" - Barack Obama

  • Pieter Gertenbach - 2014-01-06 14:54

    The old car is damaged beyond repair due to all the potholes! The new one will probably be lost in one of those big potholes! Proudly brought to you by the cANCer !!

  • Hemlock - 2014-01-06 14:55

    Thieving scoundrel Give her a tricycle, it's all she deserves!

  • Solomon Lebelo - 2014-01-06 14:56

    This guys dnt cease to amaze us,buying such an expensive car while pple r living in abject poverty,let alone those potholes in Mafikeng,i thot she was better n now she proves me rong

  • Omn Basso - 2014-01-06 14:58

    Way passed Zim... N. Korea, here we come!

  • Malcolm MacLeod - 2014-01-06 15:02

    "exceeded the maximum 120 000km it had to travel and experienced constant mechanical breakdowns" - Do they not get them serviced at all or something? 120000Km is still low mileage, and a car at this age should not be experiencing break downs. If the quality of BMws is this bad then perhaps they should stop purchasing them.

  • Tollie Man - 2014-01-06 15:04

    The poor must stop voting for the anc.

  • sesom - 2014-01-06 15:05

    Another ANC rubbish.....And the people who vote cannot see this....

  • Coontly Conrad Van Stattleburg - 2014-01-06 15:05

    Maybe if she keeps it she will drive 220 and have a head on collision with Juju.

  • Tshililo Siobo - 2014-01-06 15:05

    Aaaaaaagggggg sies Thandi.........

  • Travis Vermaak - 2014-01-06 15:09

    Don't forget about Nkandla. Nkandlagate is not only an insult to the poor, but also spitting in the face of the taxpayer.

  • Truth.speak - 2014-01-06 15:09

    Why do our citizens choose such pathetic corrupt incompetent leaders? Do not toi toi and have service delivery strikes if you are still voting ANC

  • Lilanie Grainger - 2014-01-06 15:10

    Dear Mrs Modise, how do you sleep at night, such a waste of money while the rest of your people go to bed hungry and cold? You should be fired and send to stay in the same shack that many of the north west province people are staying in. As for a vehicle giving mechanical problems at 120 000 km's bull! Shame on you!!!

  • Tienie Henning - 2014-01-06 15:10

    Wonder, does she have a licence?

      Andre Potgieter - 2014-01-06 15:53

      Right on Brother! Wees versigtig vir die "Antie" met die kopdoek!I often wondered if Madiba had a license? I am however, pretty sure, that this humble man, would not have bought such a fancy car. Surely, this would have offended him immensely, because his priorities were right.

  • Louise-Roger Higham - 2014-01-06 15:10

    The ANC is an insult to the poor

  • Ron Bilyard - 2014-01-06 15:12

    Absolute theft of our tax money. How the hell can this cadre justify this to us? I wish every cANCer supporter could see this.

  • candice.i.ribeiro - 2014-01-06 15:12

    Such a shame that so many people go hungry, yet they drive what they want? I've always wondered why can't they drive normal cars like is? Chev's Sparks? Oh yeah right sorry there lives are more important than ours........ Amazing how even hospitals have no food but boy oh boy those not even really contributing much get the lap of luxury then is normal folk slave like dogs to keep the economy in tact

      Travis Vermaak - 2014-01-06 15:30

      Pathetic excuses from the pathetic ANC as usual. Then in the same breath ANC have the audacity to tell us to do "the right thing" and pay e-tolling. Bunch of criminals!!!

  • anton.cloete.71 - 2014-01-06 15:12

    What make and model was the previous 120k limit car? A Fiat Uno 1995 model?

  • Sipho Gift - 2014-01-06 15:13

    Another waist of our tax payers money proudly brought to u by anc

  • Colin Chester - 2014-01-06 15:13

    Ah yes well...But the poor will still vote for her. Therein lies the tragedy.

  • Sarah Laubscher - 2014-01-06 15:14

    Just seems like these government officials never sevrive their vehicles. With today's technology 120000km on a car is nothing if you service it when you should. I think they treat their vehicles like they do the roads,hospitals,sewerage works etc. Wait until it is FUBAR and then just replace it.

      Brendon Nel - 2014-01-06 16:14

      Agreed. I do 2000km a week on some terrible gravel roads in a bakkie thats done 152000. She still runs like a dream thanks to a proper servicing routine. But ucan fix stupid can u.

  • Frank Persson - 2014-01-06 15:14

    people get what they vote for

  • Kyle Smile - 2014-01-06 15:20

    they say its a slap in the face of the poor, totally agree, but even more so, would love to SLAP this fat thing in the face for buying the car, surely she could get her fat @ss into a 320D, disgusting that the people will still vote ANC when they are starving and jobless, and this hippo goes out and buys a car worth that kind of money....sies ANC sies.

  • Matthew David Clark - 2014-01-06 15:25

    Best part is: "He said Modise's excuse that the car had been ordered before Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan’s announcement was "nonsense"." That is like a 5 year old saying "Oh sorry, I hit my sister before I knew it was bad"

  • Gynormous Dixie - 2014-01-06 15:26

    No, its proof that idiots vote idiots into power and they want to be white at all costs.

      Husta Lavista - 2014-01-06 15:51

      Lol idiots are the people who enjoyed apartheid.

  • George Slade - 2014-01-06 15:26

    No wonder BMW keep their production in RSA , although this one is a Full )Fool??) Import . ANC TRASH

  • Carey Candice Estermann - 2014-01-06 15:29

    When will all races see what the ANC is doing to all communities and this country? People are being murdered, kids are being raped and murdered , people are starving and there is no jobs for anyone now a days!! No proper education for schools but people still vote for the ANC?? Then how can one complain when they want this party in in action?? They don't certainly care about the communities they buy cars at absorbent prices, top up their security and where are they giving us? Are they giving us expensive cars and topping up our security for us and our families? No we having to prey and hope we see the next day!! I wish how everyone in this country can become one when the South African soccer team and South African rugby team play we all become one and stand together do the same when the elections come up, why can't we all stand together and vote for a party which is actually going to do something for all of us in this country, create more jobs, make it a safer place for us and our children. Instead of a party looking out for them selves, benefitting for them selfs, driving the fancy cars and having top knot security and fancy homes well us normal South Africans must struggle each and every day and hope we have enough food on our tables at night and try pay all our bills and try and hope our kids , families and friends are safe!!

      Ian Trenor - 2014-01-06 15:38

      Carey unfortunately the masses ,being uneducated for starters still have an apartheid hangover and still see the cANCer as their saviour. This will continue. ANC will lose some support but many will move to the Red Beret circus! It's like a dog chasing its tail. Eish!!!!!

  • Frans Bezuidenhout - 2014-01-06 15:31

    @David Zooma Doesn't have balls - that's why she sings and dances............

  • Pieter Buizer - 2014-01-06 15:33

    She drove a car which had 120 000 km. on the clock and experiences constant mechanical trouble ? Shane ! No wonder she could do with a new car. Was one of the troubles that the ashtray did not clean itself automatically ? Did the driver have a driver's licence ? Was the car regularly serviced ? Otherwise, it must have been all the potholes ! Would an helicopter not have been a better option if the last was the cause ? Absolutely pathetic.

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  • Victor Mendes - 2014-01-06 15:33

    This is also and insult to taxpayers!

  • Medunsa Nkhatho - 2014-01-06 15:36

    Yes the vehicle was already on order before the Minister's announcement,but was it really necessary to purchase at that cost and moreover in the North West where DROUGHT is in-control? Ag shame!!!

  • Ian Soap - 2014-01-06 15:40

    The fat pig can now eat her KFC in a BMW nog al.

      Brendon Nel - 2014-01-06 20:24

      I think he is referring to totally absurd take out bills including kfc, steers etc

  • Mageba - 2014-01-06 15:41

    It's not that 'the poor people' don't see the blatant misuse of funds, it's merely that there is no credible opposition party that they can vote for. Only the break up of the tripartite alliance will provide an alternative. That is why the ANC is more concerned about a split in its alliance than it is about any opposition

      JMaree - 2014-01-06 16:14

      Haha, thats what they said in the Western Cape... Who runs it now?