Manuel in reverse gear

PLANNING Commission Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel yesterday conceded that buying a R1,2million BMW for his official use was not well advised.

PLANNING Commission Minister in the Presidency Trevor Manuel yesterday conceded that buying a R1,2million BMW for his official use was not well advised.

Manuel was asked about the car by DA chief whip Ian Davidson during question time in the national assembly. The DA has recently highlighted the high cost of cars bought by Cabinet ministers and has called for their return and the institution of new cost-saving measures.

"I concede that it is an error of judgement," Manuel told the house.

"Here is a decision that was taken within the rules . I'm saying in my case it wasn't entirely well-advised, but . (it's) one of those decisions that you live with.' - Sapa

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