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Govt spent R42m of your money on cars

Yasmeen Osman | 27 March 2017

We always knew the government was reckless when it came to spending taxpayers’ money, but who could’ve thought they were this careless.

The Democratic Alliance has investigated how much South African ministers spent on their vehicles, and the results are shocking.

It has been revealed that the government has spent almost R42 million on cars in the past three years. Between 2014 and 2017, the government has spent a total of R41 960 075 on buying luxury cars for ministers and their deputies.

Some of the government departments that spent the most amount of money on cars are:

  • Department of rural development and land reform: R5 505 351
  • Department of transport: R3 453 870
  • Department of justice: R3 275 138
  • Department of public enterprise: R2 669 377
  • Department of agriculture: R2 502 425
  • Department of telecommunications: R2 383 769
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Minister of rural development and land reform, Gugile Nkwinti (Twitter)

The most popular cars among the ministers and the deputies included Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Lexus, Porsche and Toyota Fortuner.

DA spokesperson Desiree van der Walt is shocked at the poor choices that government has made.

“These ANC ministers continue to spend such outrageous amounts of public money on luxury vehicles when millions of unemployed South Africans struggle to put food on the table.”

The SA ministerial handbook says that ministers are allowed two vehicles they can use in Cape Town and Pretoria. The cost of the car should not be more than 70% of their salary.

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One of the most expensive cars on the list, the Audi A8, which costs R1.2 million (Car and Driver)

Minister’s currently earn R2.3 million a year, while deputy ministers earn R1.9 million. This means that ministers may not buy cars that cost more than R1.6 million. Deputy ministers may not spend more than R1.3 million on their cars.

It’s clear the government does not know how to prioritise. It just spent your hard-earned money on spoiling the already rich and famous instead of improving the future of the country.

What do you think about this? Let us know.

(Featured Image: Twitter)

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