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Government splurges R41m on new vehicles over three years

27.03.2017

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has expressed outrage after it emerged that a total of R41 960 075 was spend on the purchase of luxury vehicles for Ministers and their Deputies between 2014 and 2017.

In a statement, the party's Shadow Minister of Public Service and Administration, Desiree van der Walt, said the amount, revealed in a parliamentary question submitted to all government departments, continues to fly in the face of austerity measures called by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan back in 2013.

"It seems that his colleagues are simply refusing to listen," van der Walt said, naming the worst offenders as the Department of Rural Development and Agrarian Reform (R5 505 361), Department of Transport (R3 453 870), Department of Justice (R3 275 138) and the Department of Public Enterprises (R2 669 377).

The complete list of vehicles bought by the various departments are as follows:

Department of Arts & Culture

TOTAL SPEND: R2 691 067

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Nathi Mthethwa Aug '16 BMW 5-series R740 299
Dep Min. Rejoice Mabudafhasi Mar '17
Mar '17
BMW X5
Mercedes-Benz GLE
R977 064
R973 704

 

Department of Higher Education

TOTAL SPEND: R1 408 648

MINISTER DATE VEHILCE PRICE
Blade Nzimande Sep '15 Audi Q7 R680 878
Dep Min. Mduduzi Manana Mar '16 BMW 335i GT R727 770

 

Department of Public Service

TOTAL SPEND: R2 200 200

MINISTER DATE VEHILCE PRICE
Ngoako Ramatlhodi Apri '16 Ford Everest 3.2 TDCi LTD R714 500
Dep Min. Ayanda Dlodlo Jun '16
Jun '16
Audi A8 3.0 TDI
Audi A7 Sportback 3.0 TDI
R750 000
R735 700

 

Department of Telecommunications

TOTAL SPEND: R2 383 769

MINISTER YEAR VEHILCE PRICE
Siyabonga Cwele '14/'15
'14/'15
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6 Overland
R681 841
R626 661
Dep Min. Hlengiwe Mkhize '14/'15
'14/'15
Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD LTD
Lexus ES250 EX
R637 114
R438 152

 

Department of Tourism

TOTAL SPEND: R1 641 144

MINISTER DATE VEHILCE PRICE
Derek Hanekom N/A N/A N/A
Dep Min. Tokozile Xasa Jan '15
Feb '15
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD LTD
R878 701
R762 443

 

Department of Transport

TOTAL SPEND: R3 453 870

MINISTER YEAR VEHILCE PRICE
Dipuo Peters '14/'15
'14/'15
BMW X5
Lexus LX570
R789 924
R1 084 312
Dep Min. Lydia Chikunga '14/'15
'14/'15
BMW X6
BMW 535i GT
R790 000
R789 634

 

Department of Science & Technology

TOTAL SPEND: R1 495 754

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Naledi Pandor Jul '15
Mar '16
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
R697 733
R798 020

 

Department of Minereal Resources

TOTAL SPEND: R2 500 000

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Mosebenzi Zwane Feb '17 Mercedes-Benz E400 R1 200 000
Dep Min. Godfrey Oliphant Nov '16 Porsche Cayenne GTS R1 300 000

 

Department of Trade and Industry

TOTAL SPEND: R876 000

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Rob Davies Mar '17
Mar '17
Toyota Fortuner
Toyota Fortuner
R438 000
R438 000

 

Department of Woman

TOTAL SPEND: R926 007

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Susan Shabangu Feb '15 BMW 550i GT R926 007

 

Department of Finance

TOTAL SPEND: R661 387

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Pravin Gordhan N/A N/A N/A
Dep Min. Mcebisi Jonas Jan '15 Mercedes-Benz E200 R661 387

 

Department of Home Affairs

TOTAL SPEND: R750 122

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Malusi Gigaba Jan '15 BMW 535i R750 122

 

Department of Public Enterprises

TOTAL SPEND: R2 669 377

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Lynne Brown Sep '14
Apr '16
Lexus ES300h
Lexus ES350 EX
R514 649
R464 819
Dep Min. Bulelani Magwanishe Jun '14
Sep '16
Audi A8 3.0 TDI
Lexus LS460
R881 629
R808 729

 

Department of Labour

TOTAL SPEND: R1 882 199

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Mildred Oliphant Jul '14
Jul '14
Feb '17
Toyota Fortuner 3.0 D4-D
Audi A6
Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.0 CRD
R469 450
R513 508
R899 241

 

Department of Agriculture

TOTAL SPEND: R2 502 425

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Senzeni Zokwana Aug '14
Aug '14
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
Audi Q7 3.0 TDI
R630 953
R626 199
Dep Min. Bheki Cele Aug '14
Aug '14
Jeep Grand Cherokee
Jeep Grand Cherokee
R622 661
R622 611

 

Department of Basic Education

TOTAL SPEND: R2 299 800

MINISTER DATE VEHILCE PRICE
Angie Motshekga Aug '14
Sep '16
BMW 5-series
Mercedes-Benz GLE 500
R769 022
R849 900
Dep Min. Enver Surty Sep '15 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI R680 878

 

Department of Justice

TOTAL SPEND: R3 275 138

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Dep Min. John Jeffery Jul '14
Jul '14
Lexus ES250 EX
Lexus ES250 EX
R438 152
Dep Correctional Min Thabang Makwetla Sep '14
Sep '14
Mercedes-Benz S400
Mercedes-Benz ML400
R1 198 834
R1 200 000

 

Department of Rural Development

TOTAL SPEND: R5 505 361

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Gugile Nkwinti Feb '15
Jan '17
Audi Q7 3.0 TDi
Audi Q7 3.0 TDi
R731 548
R1 039 872
Dep Min. Mashego Dlamini Mar '15
Jun '15
Mercedes-Benz ML350
Mercedes-Benz ML350
R898 155
Dep Min. Mcebisi Skwatsha Mar '15
Jun '15
Mercedes-Benz ML350
Mercedes-Benz ML350
R999 864
R937 755

 

Department of Public Works

TOTAL SPEND: R2 309 375

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Thulas Nxesi Nov '15 BMW X5 xDrive 40d R918 459
Dep Min. Jeremy Cronin Nov '14
Jan '15
Volkswagen Touareg 3.0 TDI
BMW 535i
R709 484
R681 432

 

Department of the Precidency

TOTAL SPEND: R971 432

MINISTER DATE VEHICLE PRICE
Jeff Radebe N/A N/A N/A
Dep Min. Buti Manamela '16/'17 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI R971 432

 

Note: No prices for the Department of Energy were provided, while purchases for the Department of Economic Development were conducted before 2014 and those for the Department Environmental Affairs went unanswered.

Article written by Autodealer
27.03.2017
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