Wonkie is amazed that the ethics policy covering the South African cabinet allows for a minister to receive a R1.1 million Mercedes S500 as a gift – as long as he or she declares it. One can only assume that it is on this basis that the leadership said Mr S’bu Ndebele is entitled to keep the vehicle if he chose to.
The media, opposition and the ANC of course welcomed Mr Ndebele’s eventual decline of the generous gift by Vukuzakhe contractors. Wonkie is only sad that it was an eventual decline – surely a man of such standing in such a prominent role would not have seen this as a dilemma in the first place? But then again nobody seemed to make a fuss when Mr Mandela accepted a Mercedes S500 and BMW 7 series as gifts in the 90s – so why not tata ma chance.