John Moodey MPL
DA Gauteng Provincial Leader
The office of Gauteng Premier David Makhura cannot seem to make up its mind whether a 5-series BMW used by the premier is sponsored by, or on loan from BMW South Africa.
According to a reply received in mid-September, the premier uses a Mercedes ML63 AMG sports utility vehicle on lease from government’s G-Fleet, as well as a BMW 550i “sponsored by BMW on 10 June 2014”.
However, in response to follow-up questions, it seems the vehicle is on loan from BMW South Africa, after the company “approached the Office of the Premier”.
The agreement fuels the perception that high-powered politicians in Gauteng can expect a host of freebies from the private sector when they take office – which in the long term will only further harm the province’s image as a safe and secure investment destination.
While government may argue that the loan agreement will save public funds, historical events surrounding certain senior ANC politicians may create the impression that there is more to this agreement than meets the eye.
To this end the DA will submit further questions to Premier Makhura’s office requesting him to provide us with the loan agreement between his office and BMW South Africa.
Premier Makhura will have to face the fact that there is no such thing as a free lunch, and the DA will continue to pursue this matter until all information has come to light.