These are the luxury cars South Africa’s ministers love to buy with your taxes

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has revealed that government spent R42 million on luxury vehicles for ministers and their deputies between 2014 and 2017.

According to the DA, following a range of parliamentary questions across all governmental departments, the worst offender is the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform, which splurged R5 505 351,65 on cars for minister Gugile Nkwinti and his deputies.

Some of the other top spenders, include:

  • Department of Transport: R3,453,870
  • Department of Justice: R3,275,138
  • Department of Public Enterprise: R2,669,377
  • Department of Agriculture: R2,502,425
  • Department of Telecommunications: R2,383,769

“This is money that could have been better spent on supporting emerging black farmers, who are in desperate need for financial assistance from the government,” said DA shadow minister of public service and administration, Desiree Van Der Walt.

The DA has published a breakdown of the the car make, the year it was purchased, and its price:


Audi 

  • Audi Q7 – R955,500 
  • Number of Ministers – 8 (Buti Manamela, Naledi Pandor, Siyabonga Cwele, Mohamed Enver Surty, Tokozile Xasa, Blade Nzimande, Gugile Nkwinti, Senzeni Zokwana)
  • Audi A6 – R513,508
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Nelisiwe Oliphant)
  • Audi A7 – R1 million 
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Ayanda Dlodlo)
  • Audi A8 – R1.2 million 
  • Number of Ministers – 2 (Ayanda Dlodlo, Bulelani Magwanishe)

Mercedes Benz

  • Mercedes Benz GLE – R973,704
  • Number of Ministers – 2 (Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Tokozile Xasa)
  • Mercedes-Benz E200 – R849,900
  • Number of Ministers – 2 (Mcebisi Jonas,  Angie Motshekga)
  • Mercedes-Benz S400 – R1.2 million
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Thabang Makwetla)
  • Mercedes-Benz ML – R900,000
  • Number of Ministers –  3 (Thabang Makwetla, Mashego Dlamini, Mcebisi Skwatsha)
  • Mercedes-Benz E400 – R1.2 million
  • Number of Ministers – 1  (Mosebenzi Zwane)

BMW

  • BMW X5 – R977,064 
  • Number of Ministers – 4 (Faith Muthambi, Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Dipuo Peters, Thulas Nxesi)
  • BMW X6 – R790,000
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Lydia Chikunga)
  • BMW 335i GT – R727,770
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Mduduzi Manana)
  • BMW 5 Series – R750,122
  • Number of Ministers – 4 (Nathi Mthethwa, Angie Motshekga, Malusi Gigaba, Jeremy Cronin)
  • BMW 535i Gran Turismo – R789,634
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Lydia Chikunga)
  • BMW GT 550
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Susan Shabangu)

Jeep

  • Jeep Grand Cherokee – R626,661
  • Number of Ministers – 5 (Siyabonga Cwele,  Hlengiwe Mkhize, Tokozile Xasa, Bheki Cele, Nelisiwe Oliphant)

Lexus

  • Lexus ES250 – R554,200
  • Number of Ministers – 2 (Hlengiwe Mkhize, John Jeffery)
  • Lexus LX570 – R1,084,312
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Dipuo Peters)
  • Lexus ES – R464,819
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Lynne Brown)
  • Lexus 460 –  R808,279
  • Number of Ministers – 1  (Bulelani Magwanishe)

Porsche

  • Porsche Cayenne – R979,000 
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Godfrey Oliphant)

Ford

  • Ford Everest – R714,500
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Ngoako Ramatlhodi)

Toyota

  • Toyota Fortuner – R438,000
  • Number of Ministers – 2 (Rob Davies, Nelisiwe Oliphant)

Volskwagen

  • Volkswagen Touareg – R709,484
  • Number of Ministers – 1 (Jeremy Cronin)

Read: Government ministers splurge R40 million on luxury cars

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These are the luxury cars South Africa’s ministers love to buy with your taxes