Gauteng agriculture minister resigns over stolen Merc

Gauteng agriculture and rural development minister Nomantu Nkomo-Ralehoko has resigned amid controversy over a government-procured Mercedes-Benz stolen from outside her house, the provincial government said on Friday.

In addition, the chief financial officer who advised her during the process of purchasing the car has been suspended.

“I sincerely regret this incident and apologise to the people of Gauteng. Consequently, I hereby step down as a member of the executive council in the Gauteng provincial government,” Nkomo-Ralehoko said in a statement.

Her resignation comes after the Star reported the R920 000 ML 63 AMG was purchased and then taken home on a Friday without insurance or a tracking device.

It was stolen the same weekend, when her husband was hijacked in their driveway, the report said. - Sapa

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