The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed dissatisfaction with the newly-proposed plan to acquire nine new ministerial cars for some ministers. Reports have it that the government budgeted a whopping R7m for the acquisition of the cars, and that the R7m formed part of a total of R1.29bn “wasteful expenditure” buried in the Adjustments Appropriation Bill.
David Maynier said the budgeted R7m “wasteful expenditure” should be used for other relevant investment rather than buying expensive vehicles for the ministers. The opposition MP also called on Parliament’s Standing Committee on Appropriations to cautiously decide how to handle the expenditure.
“We hope ANC members of the Standing Committee on Appropriations will do the right thing and vote to oppose the R1.29 billion in wasteful expenditure,”the DA added.
We learnt that the cars budgeted for, include 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. Others are 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.
The rest include 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. Across many provinces, especially after the August 3 municipal election, South Africa’s top politicians acquired a good number of flashy cars – though, unfortunately for some, the acquisition process was canceled after a public outcry of fund mismanagement.
For instance, a proposed plan to buy a new Lexus SUV for eMalahleni Municipality mayor, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali was suspended after it emerged that she wanted to extract the money from the municipal service delivery budgets.
Last month, the DA also revealed that Molemole ANC Mayor bought himself a luxury Mercedes Benz GLE 4×4 costing R1 million with public funds. Watchdog party, the DA, has, however, vowed to keep an eye on mayors and leaders who enrich themselves by picking from the public purse.