The Department of Communications will likely run out of money by mid-year and will spend the little money available on purchasing two new vehicles for Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and Deputy Minister Thandi Mahambehlala.
This revelation was made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) party. DA exposed that a presentation to the Portfolio Committee on Communications by the Acting Director General Basani Baloyi showed that the department is under severe economic pressure, and will likely run out of money by the second quarter of the current financial year.
DA expressed that it’s uncool for the department to go for the two new luxury cars when it’s obvious that it’s in deep financial pressures.
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“The purchase of two new vehicles will place severe financial pressure on the department’s ability to fill vacancies and deliver on its mandate. The department states that the two new cars will be purchased at a minimum of R750 000 per vehicle, but as history shows, members of the executive have a penchant for splurging R1 million and above on cars,” DA contended.
Thereafter, DA challenged Minister Ayanda Dlodlo and her deputy to reject buying the luxury cars saying:
“…Their priorities as new Ministers should be fixing the department and its entities currently in severe crisis, and ensuring that there is money to do so – not buying fancy new cars.
The department should have the following cars in its garage, which are more than good enough:
2014 BMW X5 XDrive 3.0D R926 310.00
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee R862 838.00
2014 Audi A8 3.0TDI Quattro R852 041.00
2014 Audi Q7 4.2TDI V8 R882 250.00
The excuse that the Ministerial Handbook allows Ministers to purchase new vehicles once mileage has been reached does not hold water.”
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With that, Maimane’s party charged that it won’t stand by and watch ANC Ministers living in luxury while South Africans are being devastated by poverty and unemployment.
“(We have) laid out the challenge to Minister Dlodlo that she must reject these new luxury vehicles…the Minister should do the right thing. Given the tough economic climate in South Africa, if ordinary South Africans have to tighten their belts, so should Ministers,” DA proclaimed.