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Mercedes Benz S 500 - the kind of car you can get for R2m. Picture: MERCEDES   11.51 ------ These are trifling amounts in the bigger scheme of things, but they are very powerful symbolically. In the same budget documentation tabled by the finance minister to set a tone of fiscal discipline and to promise higher taxes to cover government spending, several government ministers have staked their claim to new cars. What is fascinating is how the SACP's luminaries desire the fanciest luxury vehicles. Perhaps its to make up for those lost years noodling around East Germany in donated Trabants. So we have the Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, who wants a new car for R1,72m and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela, who has budgeted no less than R1.97m for a new vehicle, according to the adjusted budget. Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa needs two vehicles for R3m. Manamela's office called me to contest that the entire R1.97m was spent on a car, saying that the mo...

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