South Africa’s official opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) says the luxury cars the Minister and Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources bought for themselves is a slap in the face of the mining unemployed.
In a media statement, the DA indicated it is outraged at the priorities of the Ministers. To them, the Ministers luxury cars were purchased at taxpayer’s expense and in defiance of the Finance Minister’s instruction.
As learnt, Minister Mosebenzi Zwane bought a Mercedes-Benz S400 and Deputy Minister Godfrey Olifant, a Porsche Cayenne.
The Ministers luxury cars were both purchased within the last few months and each cost more than R1.3 million.
“That was in defiance of Gordhan’s cap of R750 000 for new ministerial vehicles,” DA remarked.
The party further stated:
“…The mining industry lost R37 billion in value last year and continues to bleed jobs but the leadership of the DMR seems pleased enough with itself to reward the ministers with cars that far exceed the spending cap imposed by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan.
The recent Quarterly Labour Force Survey showed a loss of 17 thousand more mining jobs in the last three months of last year, with a total of 62 thousand jobs being lost over the whole of last year.”
Adding that reports have it that the National treasury approved the purchases because the standard treasury contract did not include the cars the ministers ‘preferred’, the DA said:
“This is a completely inappropriate signal to send to those who lost their jobs and their families, who in many cases will face a future without an income.”
With the above, the party expressed that it’s ideal for both Ministers to explain to the people of South Africa why they deserve such luxury.
DA also charged the Ministers to stop “cruising car showrooms to find the ostentatious vehicles that they prefer” and dedicate more time towards fixing the failing industry.