Oh, how the mighty fall: Manuel fingered for R1.2 million car
He’s the man who steered South Africa to fiscal responsibility, then through the global financial crisis. He stole the hearts and minds of investors and analysts across the world. And he has feet of clay. The Democratic Alliance yesterday delivered one of its parliamentary hand-grenade questions, from which we learn that Trevor Manuel spent R1.2 million in tax money on a BMW 750i. Has he ever made a telephone call from the back seat of that car urging some government official to impose austerity measures, or cautioned a union not to ask for a salary increase of R100 a month per head? We can only wonder.