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Thandi's R1.3m BMW buy probed

2014-01-09 10:18

WELL BELOW THE LIMIT: Premier Thandi Modise believes her R1.3-million BMW 750i was well below the 70% limit prescribed by the ministerial handbook. This should give you an idea of how much she earns… Image: BMW

MAFIKENG, North West Province - The Standing Committee on Public Accounts (SCOPA) will meet public works MEC Raymond Elisha to discuss the purchase of a luxury car for premier Thandi Modise.

North West legislature spokeswoman Namhla Luhabe said: "The department is expected to account [for] the purchasing of a new R1.3-million BMW 750i bought for the premier."

The Democratic Alliance was angered by the purchase of the car, which it said was in conflict with austerity plans announced in national finance minister Pravin Gordhan's mid-term budget speech.

‘BELOW 70% SALARY LIMIT’

Modise's spokesman Lesiba Kgwele said the allegations were absurd and malicious because the vehicle was already on order when the austerity plans were announced.

Kgwele said: "The decision to purchase the BMW 750i  was taken by the provincial department of public works, roads and transport and was below the 70% limit prescribed by the ministerial handbook."

 The value of the car may not exceed 70% of the value of the premier's annual salary.

Kgwele said the official car used by Modise's predecessor had exceeded the maximum mileage of 120 000km and had constant mechanical breakdowns, compromising Modise's security.

Luhabe said the public hearing would be held in Rustenburg, west of Johannesburg on January 09 2014..

The head of the North West public works department, the accounting officer of the premier's office and senior management of the department would attend the hearing by the standing committee on provincial public accounts.

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