Steadily we’re been told of the need for government spending to shrink and consistently, incidents of reckless, wasteful and irregular spending are being exposed in government parastatals. Now, it has been exposed that SA Ministers have lavished over R40 million on luxury cars.
This revelation was made by the series of parliamentary questions the Democratic Alliance (DA) party submitted across all governmental departments.
Based on the replies DA gathered, the party asserted that they “can reveal that the government has spent a total of R 41 960 075.91 on the procurement of luxury vehicles for Ministers and their Deputies between 2014 and 2017.”
Maimane’s party offered that the worst offender is the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform. The department, BuzzSouthAfrica learned, splurged an enormous R 5 505 351,65 on cars for Minister Gugile Nkwinti and his deputies.
DA wailed that the money could have been used to support “emerging black farmers who are in desperate need of financial assistance from the government.”
Other top spenders DA exposed are listed below:
- Department of Transport – R 3 453 870,87
- Department of Justice – R 3 275 138
- Department of Public Enterprise – R 2 669 377,77
- Department of Agriculture – R 2 502 425,10
- Department of Telecommunications – R 2 383 769,14
Based on the above, the opposition party upheld that it’s uncool for ANC Ministers to continue spending outrageous amounts of public money on luxury vehicles when millions of unemployed South Africans struggle to put food on their tables.
“Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, has been calling for austerity measures in government spending since 2013. It seems that his colleagues are simply refusing to listen.
“Where the DA governs, we spend public money on the people, so that opportunities are created. In the DA-run Tshwane, Mayor Solly Msimanga rejected 10 BMW 3 series, which were bought by the previous ANC administration. They have now been used to form part of a new anti hi-jack unit,” DA disclosed.
“As Mayor Msimaga said,” the party continued, “‘no new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians‚ and if vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement‚ sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured. I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars‚ while our people struggle for services‚ houses and jobs. No more luxury cars will be bought or leased under my government.'”
With that, DA vowed that it will continue to monitor the purchases of vehicles by the executive, and where possible, do whatever it can to re-prioritise the expenditure so that poor South Africans would benefit and not the ANC-connected elite.