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Blade Nzimande gets R1,1m BMW 750i - DA

SACP leader chooses top of the range car as ministerial vehicle

Cargate: Hypocrisy reigns supreme - Blade's R1 million vehicle

The reply to a DA parliamentary question has revealed that the Department of Higher Education has purchased a new R1.1 million BMW 7501 for Minister Blade Nzimande.

It is not insignificant that Nzimande is also the General-Secretary of the South Africa Communist Party (SACP). Speaking in this capacity, in June this year, and endorsing the principles and values behind Nelson Mandela Day, Nzimande stated:

"...Nelson Mandela Day must also be a re-affirmation of the values he has come to represent - that of social solidarity, selflessness, dedication, equity and fairness! It is through the consistent inculcation of these values that we can roll back the greed, corruption and selfishness of capitalism."

Two months later he has approved over R1 million for a luxury car, for his personal use - which is self-indulgent, unnecessary and extravagant.

So much for rolling back the greed and selfishness of capitalism. It appears that only the very best will do for the leaders of the working class.

In fact, when set alongside his recent comments, Minister Nzimande's purchase of this vehicle gets to the heart of what is wrong with this ANC government and its alliance partners. The ANC cannot understand the connection between the behaviour - or, more accurately, misbehaviour - of its public representatives, and the lives of ordinary South Africans.

When a minister spends R1-million on luxury vehicles, that is R1-million less that can be spent elsewhere. Remember, this is the self-same minister who recently berated our leading academic research institutions for having too much money (which is was both technically wrong and principally wrongheaded). One wonders how many graduates R1.1 million could produce?

Minister Nzimande's purchase places him near the top of the wasteful ministerial vehicle buyers:

Minister

Department

Vehicle

Total Cost*

Extras

Ace Magashule

Premier of the Free State

Mercedes Benz S600

R1 300 000
(Source)

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

Blade Nzimande

Higher Education and Training (Pretoria)

BMW 750i, 2009 model

R1 110 750

Not disclosed

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

Statement issued by Wilmot James, MP, Democratic Alliance shadow minister of higher education and training, September 2 2009

[The SACP's reply to this statement can be found here].

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