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Here’s why government officials drive expensive cars

Yasmeen Osman | 30 March 2017

Remember when we told you government was reckless with your money and spent it on luxury cars? Well, the government has decided to tell their side of the story.

Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi has responded to the report that was published by the Democratic Alliance (DA). The report revealed the cars that government bought from 2014 to 2017.

Muthambi released a statement saying ministers and their deputies choose expensive vehicles because of the nature of their job. They are required to travel far distances, in far-flung rural and urban areas of the country. The areas include Mpumalanga, Limpopo, North West, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.

Being a minister must be nice because apparently buying these cars are just “tools of the trade”.

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Muthambi defended the actions of government and went on to say: “It needs emphasising that no illegality or crime is committed in government purchasing vehicles for ministers and their deputies.”

The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) released a statement of its own to support the comments made by Faith Muthambi.

The  GCIS pointed out how ministers need these luxurious cars for their job.

“Government has stated repeatedly that motor vehicles are amongst the tools that enable ministers to efficiently and effectively execute their duties.”

Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi

Minister of Communications, Faith Muthambi (IOL)

The System also defended the spending habits of government and insisted the ministers had not done anything wrong.

“The purchase of these vehicles does not constitute fruitless and wasteful expenditure. If this was the case, such procurement would have been flagged by the Auditor-General during departmental audits.”

In an effort to reduce the amount of money government spends, the DA does not allow its officials to buy or rent luxury cars in areas that the political party governs.

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