2018 Audi Q7 TDi V6 Quattro 3.0 Interior. Photo: Creative Commons / Vauxford

Revealed: The vehicles ministers and their deputies drive

The most expensive vehicle in the list – a 2018 Audi Q7 3.0 TDI Quattro – was purchased for the deputy minister of education.


2018 Audi Q7 TDi V6 Quattro 3.0 Interior. Photo: Creative Commons / Vauxford

Democratic Alliance Members of Parliament peppered South Africa’s cabinet ministers with questions about the vehicles they drive throughout the month of March 2022.


Fourteen ministers responded to the question in written replies to the DA. The opposition party asked ministers to provide the make, model, year of manufacture and purchase date of each vehicle procured since 29 May 2019.

Of the fourteen, three ministries purchased no vehicles at all during the prescribed period and were not forthcoming about the vehicles purchased for use before 29 May 2019. However, Patricia De Lille – the public works minister – said the car she is currently using has clocked 84 980 kilometres.

Others ministers, including Angie Motshekga and Fikile Mbalula, declared the details of their pre-2019 purchases. Both of these ministers have more than one vehicle allocated to them.


Based on the information provided, it appears that ministers have been spending less on their vehicles since 2019.

The South African opted not to attribute the vehicles in the table below to individuals unless their names were specified in the written reply.

MinistryVehicle MakeVehicle ModelYear of manufacturePurchase dateSeat of office (if providedPurchase PriceTotal
Minister in the Presidency for Women, Youth and Persons with Disabilities Maite Nkoana-Mashabane         
MinisterAudiQ5 2.0 TDI S Tronic Sport20206 January 2020N/AR690 0000 
Deputy MinisterAudiQ5 2.0 TDI S Tronic Sport20206 January 2020N/AR690 0000 
 R1 380 000
Minister of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development Thokozile DidizaNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Gwede MantasheNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Minister of Finance Enoch Godongwana       
MinisterMercedes-BenzC-Class (C180)201628 June 2019N/AR653 943,27 
Deputy MinisterNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A 
 R653 943,27
Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure Patricia De LilleNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa       
MinisterAudi (“inherited” from former Department of Sport and Recreation)Q72017N/AN/AN/AN/A
Deputy MinisterBMW520202015 January 2020N/AR649 000 
R649 000
Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi      
MinisterNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Deputy MinisterBMW520d201919 December 2019N/AR668 000
 R668 000
Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Naledi Pandor      
MinisterNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Deputy Minister Mashego DlaminiToyotaFortuner 2.8 GD-6 VX A/T20221 December 2021 (delivery in April 2022)N/AR635 434,80
Deputy Minister Alvin BotesAudiQ5 TDI Quattro S Troni20221 December 2021 (delivery in May 2022)N/AR660 057,80
R1 295 492,60
Minister of Health Joe Phaahla      
MinisterNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
(then) Deputy MinisterAudiQ5202030 September 2020N/AR756 489,83
R756 489, 83
Minister of Basic Education Angie MotshekgaNo vehicles purchased since 29 May 2019 but provided the details of current vehicles     
Minister AM MotshekgaBMW535i201423 September 2014Cape TownR769 022,76
 Mercedes-BenzGLE 500201626 October 2016PretoriaR849 000
Deputy Minister MR MhauleBMW530201828 March 2018Cape TownR833 488,41
 AudiQ7 3.0 TDI Quattro201813 December 2018PretoriaR1 015 702,05
R3 467 213,22
Minister of Social Development Lindiwe Zulu      
MinisterNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Deputy MinisterLexusNX30020206 March 2020N/AR664 723
 LexusNX30020206 March 2020N/AR664 723
R1 329 446
Minister of Public Service and Administration Ayanda DlodloNo vehicles purchased since 29 May 2019 but provided the details of current vehicles     
MinisterAudiA8 3.0 TDI Quattro Tiptronic20152 June 2016PretoriaR750 000
 Mercedes-BenzGLC 250D201819 January 2018Cape TownR799 664,11
Deputy MinisterAudiA7 Sportback 3.0 TDI Quattro201520 June 2016PretoriaR735 700
 FordEverest 3.2 TDCI201618 April 2016Cape TownR714 500,40
R2 999 864,51
Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula      
Minister Fikile MbalulaBMW5 Series Sedan202127 January 2022PretoriaR748 624,04
 Mercedes-Benz“Benz” (returned for disposal, said the ministry in a comment)201712 July 2017PretoriaR984 990,00
 ToyotaFortuner201728 April 2017Cape  TownR557 927,65
Deputy Minister Sindiswe ChikungaBMWX5201712 May 2017PretoriaR924 146,24
 JaguarXJ201731 March 2017Cape TownR800 000
R4 015 687,93
Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande      
MinisterNo vehicles purchasedN/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Deputy MinisterBMWX3 XDrive 20D202112 October 2021N/AR761 199.40
R761 199.40