Video: Did Porsche Macan fail 'Elk Test'?

A Porsche Macan has allegedly failed Sweden's so-called 'Elk Test', designed to simulate what might happen when a car swerves suddenly to avoid a moose or other road obstacle. Watch the video and decide for yourself!

Next-gen CLS coupe: 9-speed auto in SA

Mercedes-Benz SA has revised its four-door CLS Coupe with new exterior and interior style changes, upgraded tech and a nine-speed auto. We have gallery images, prices and full specifications!

Taxpayers to pay for MEC crash?

2013-02-26 11:46

NO EXCUSE FOR THE CRASH: Running late is a poor excuse for being involved in a crash. Hopefully the treasury will force Masualle to pay up rather than asking taxpayers to foot the bill.

kalahari.com

BISHO - The Eastern Cape provincial treasury will decide who will pay the R171 000 bill for finance MEC Phumulo Masualle's crashed Mercedes-Benz ML 500.

Masualle crashed his huge state-owned silver SUV in February 2013; his chief-of-staff Fezeka Nkomonye said the MEC was rushing to a meeting with the provincial  premier. His protection unit was also running late, so the MEC drove himself - something he was specifically barred from doing.

RUNNING LATE

Masualle’s ML was towed following acollision with another vehicle  on Hillcrest Drive in East London’s Beacon Bay on February 21. Provincial transport department spokesman Ncedo Kumbaca said Masualle was "not supposed to drive" the state-owned car; only VIP protection unit members could drive them.

East London police spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Mtati Tana confirmed the accident: “Yes, we can confirm an accident between the Mercedes-Benz and a bakkie. There were no serious injuries and a normal accident report was opened at the Beacon Bay police station.

The SUV had damage to its front, bonnet, right fender and headlights.

'MECs ARE NOT ALLOWED TO DRIVE'

Kumbaca said: "Departments procure these vehicles and permanently fit them with blue lights and because of the fittings of the accessories [MECs] are not allowed to drive".

"[The vehicles should only] be driven by VIP protection unit members."

The provincial treasury would decide who would pay for the insurance or damage, he said.

The car was sent in for repairs on February 22 2013.

Wheels24 says the MEC should cough up. He broke the rules and crashed. Why should the taxpayer pay for his illegal action and bad driving?
Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

NEXT ON WHEELS24X

Read Wheels24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
8 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Style upgrade for rugged Pajero in SA

Mitsubishi SA has launched a spruced-up version of its Pajero 4x4 diesel range with a exterior and cabin enhancements, including a tech upgrade. We have a gallery, prices and specs.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.