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March 15th, 2017 by


South Africa’s Cabinet Ministers have long used the full breadth of their privilege to purchase luxurious cars. This ‘privilege’ has been a great source of contention to many who see it as an excessive and unnecessary cost. In the direct backdrop of South Africa’s tumultuous economic pace, millions waiting for social grants and abject poverty, it is difficult not to agree.

According to data by the DA, over R17.5 million has been spent on luxury cars since 2014. Popular brands amongst ministers include Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Jeep.

The 2016/17 budget set aside R10 million for Minister car purchases. The DA decided to investigate how much money had been spent on vehicles by all Cabinet Ministers.

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Ministerial Car Allowance

According to the controversial ministerial handbook, Cabinet Ministers are allowed two vehicles to be used in Cape Town and Pretoria. The value of the vehicle may not be more than 70% of the minister’s salary.

This means that with an annual salary of R2.3 million for Ministers, and R1.9 million for deputies, government officials are technically allowed cars valued at R1.6 million or R1.3 million for deputies.

So, What Are South Africa’s Ministers Driving?

Below, we look at the luxurious cars that the Members of Parliament are driving on a day-to-day basis. 

Audi Q7 – R680 878 – R971 424

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Who Drives The Audi Q7?

  • Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela
  • Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor
  • Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecoms
  • Minister of Education Angie Motshekga
  • Deputy Minister of Tourism Tokozile Xasa

Audi A7 – R750 000

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Who Drives A 2016 Audi A7?

  • Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo.

Audi A8 – R723 000

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Who Drives A 2016 Audi A8?

  • Deputy Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda Dlodlo.

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Mercedes Benz ML400 – R962 793

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Who Drives a Mercedes-Benz ML400?

  • Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi
  • Deputy Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa

BMW X5 – R887 168 – R1.065 million

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Who Drives a BMW X5?

  • Minister of Communications Faith Muthambi
  • Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi

BMW 335G – R727 770

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Who Drives A BMW 335G ?

  • Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty

BMW 5-Series Sedan – R742 426

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Who Drives A BMW 5-Series Sedan?

  • Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa has two.

Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6 Overland – R626 661

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Who Drives A Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6 Overland?

  • Minister of Telecoms Siyabonga Cwele
  • Deputy Minister of Telecoms Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize

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Lexus ES250 – R438 152

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Who Drives A Lexus ES250?

  • Deputy Minister of Telecoms Professor Hlengiwe Mkhize

Mercedes-Benz S400 – R1.3 million

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Who Drives A Mercedes-Benz S400?

  • Minister of Mineral Resources Mosebenzi Zwane

Porsche Cayenne – R1.3 million

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Who Drives A Porsche Cayenne?

  • Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources Godfrey Oliphant

Ford Everest – R714 500

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Who Drives A Ford Everest?

  • Minister of Public Service and Administration Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Toyota Fortuner – R625 719

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Who Drives A Toyota Fortuner?

  • Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies (owns two)

And now you know.

  • jarrett jordaan

    Wow!

  • Rusty

    Discussing when their own do not even have a roof over their heads, walking the street to find work or become criminals to feed their families.

  • Mahomed

    It is ridiculous really. Millions of people in SA don’t have basic necessities to live a humane life from day to day. These are the people elected to serve the country. One car for where you live. In the other city, lift club or fetch a party member guys.

  • AndrĂ© Roux

    In all fairness. I cannot buy a car like that. But what do other executives get? And don’t tell me but its a private company. There is the perception that government employees don’t work as hard as those in the private sector. Therefore we are not allowed to have anything. Somehow we can buy a pound of butter at a cheaper prize than people in the private sector. What utter nonsense. However, I do agree they don’t need to drive the most expensive cars, and live in mansions. Cars are expensive as it is.