Science and technology minister gets cars worth R1,4million.
Cargate: Science and Technology Department spends R1.4-million on new ministerial vehicles
The Cargate scandal continues to grow -- a reply to a Democratic Alliance (DA) parliamentary question has revealed that the Department of Science and Technology has spent over R150,000 on accessories for two 2009 Mercedes Benz ML350s for Minister Naledi Pandor, which cost the South African taxpayer R1.4-million. This brings the total known amount spent on new vehicles by the ANC government to R18.5-million.
Both cars were fitted with the following accessories:
- Metallic paint
- Command navigation
- Media interface
- DVD player
- Technical off road package
- Heated front seats
- Xenon active lights
- Run flat
- Private glass
The department stated in its reply that the car was purchased in terms of the Ministerial Handbook. The DA has submitted to the Minister in the Presidency a series of austerity measures, one of which is a proposal that the percentage of a Minister's salary (70%) used to determine to what value a Minister can purchase a new car be reduced (to 50%), as the DA government has done in the Western Cape. The DA government has also put a freeze on the purchase of new ministerial cars.
|Ace Magashule||Premier of the Free State||Mercedes Benz S600|| R1 300 000 |
|See here for complete list|
|Siphiwe Nyanda||Communications (Pretoria)||BMW 750i, 2009 model||R1 271 800||Dynamic Drive (body roll stabilisation); Sports leather steering wheel (3 spoke); Electric Rear Screen Roller Sun blind with manual side blinds; Active cruise control with Stop & Go function; Rear-seat entertainment; High-gloss satin chrome; Sun protection glazing; Special wheel design recommended for the 750i; rear view camera; ceramic surround for controls; ambient interior lighting; adaptive headlights; high beam assist; lane departure warning; lane change warning|
|Siphiwe Nyanda||Communications (Cape Town)||BMW 750i, 2009 model||R1 147 600||Sports leather steering wheel (3 spoke); Rear view camera; High Beam Assist; Special wheel design recommended for the 750i|
|Free State MECs x10||Free State Provincial Government||Mercedes Benz S500 x10||R970 000 x 10 = R9.7m (Source)||See here for complete list|
|Angie Motshekga||Basic Education (Cape Town)||BMW 730D||R894 500||None|
|Angie Motshekga||Basic Education (Pretoria)||Range Rover Sport TDV8||R809 592||Mudguards|
|Tina Joemat-Petterson||Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries||Mercedes Benz 2009 S350||R796 003||Black wooden/leather steering wheel and sunblinds rear window|
|Naledi Pandor||Science and Technology (Pretoria)||Mercedes Benz 2009 S250||R711 718||Metallic paint, Command navigation, Media interface, DVD player, Technical off road package, Heated front seats, Xenon active lights, Sunroof, Run flat, Private glass|
|Naledi Pandor||Science and Technology (Cape Town)||Mercedes Benz 2009 S250||R695 095||Metallic paint, Command navigation, Media interface, DVD player, Technical off road package, Heated front seats, Xenon active lights, Sunroof, Run flat, Private glass|
|Nathi Mthethwa||Police||2008 BMW X5 3.0D||R685 091||"Included" reverse cameras; navigation system; sport suspension; sunroof; and electric seat adjustment.|
|Nathi Mthethwa||Police||2008 BMW X5 3.0D||R677 270||"Included" reverse cameras; navigation system; sport suspension; sunroof; and electric seat adjustment|
|Pravin Gordhan||Finance||Audi A6 3.0T||R590 500||-|
|Pravin Gordhan||Finance||Lexus GS 300 SE||R557 673||-|
* Includes costs of extras, but excludes ongoing vehicle tracking and insurance costs
This brings the total spent on new cars to R18,565,042.00.
Statement issued by Sandy Kalyan MP, Democratic Alliance shadow minister of science and technology.