Fikile Mbalula

Fikile Mbalula
Images via Twitter:

Fikile Mbalula blasted for pricey Rolex and diamond ring [photo]

Lavish display of luxury? Fikile Mbalula has been admonished for showing off a Rolex watch and diamond ring during a recent interview.

Fikile Mbalula

Fikile Mbalula
Images via Twitter:

While billionaire businessman Johann Rupert has been praised for wearing a “simple” designer watch, former cabinet minister Fikile Mbalula has received the opposite reception for his pricey timepiece.

Mbalula – who appeared on eTV’s My Guest Tonight this week – has been admonished for flaunting a Rolex watch worth nearly a million. In stark contrast, Rupert – worth over R200 billion – was spotted in a piece a fraction of the price.

ALSO READ: Lost KORS? Minister of Electricity’s designer shirt irks tweeps


According to multiple Twitter users, Fikile Mbalula – who spoke to Annika Larsen – sported a Rolex GMT Master II.

According to Chrono24, variations of the Swiss watch are priced between R300 000 and R2 million. Additionally, Mbalula also wore what appeared to be a diamond ring.

It’s not the first time we’ve seen “Bra Fiks” wear a designer watch. In March, he posted pics of a similar watch, worth almost R1 million.

Fikile Mbalula
ANC Secretary General Fikile Mbalula was spotted in a Rolex watch worth almost R1 million. Images via Twitter

One tweep shared at the time: “South Africa’s former Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula was spotted wearing a watch worth R 827 823. 

“The value of his watch could build schools in the Eastern Cape and proper toilets for the children. What a waste of taxpayers money!

And many more called for a lifestyle audit following the lavish show of luxury…

@LibertarianZA: “The ANC can barely pay its staff, but their secretary general is wearing jewellery more valuable than the average South African’s house.  This sort of thing should trigger an immediate lifestyle audit.”

@MathewScraton: “He has to show the taxpayer what their money is buying”

@hlnnrj: “He had to better the Michael Kors sweater…”


ALSO READ: ‘Old money’: Johann Rupert praised over ‘simple’ watch [photo]


Meanwhile, Minister of Electricity Kgosientsho Ramakgopa has also attracted backlash for flaunting his wealth during a TV interview.

In a recent interview with eNCA, the Minister of Electricity spoke about the surge in power amid the impending winter months. 

But instead of focusing on his methods of cutting back on energy – like switching off geysers and unused appliances – social media users were fixated on his designer shirt – a R6 000 Michael Kors sweater.

ALSO READ: Money moves! Minister of Electricity wears R4m designer watch