19 January 2013
The IFP calls for an investigation into the
extravagant and wasteful expenditure of public funds on luxury
car hire for the mayor of OR Tambo Municipality in the Eastern
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative Governance
and Traditional Affairs, Mr Peter Smith said, "It is ridiculous
that R224 825.70 was spent on unnecessary car hire. The
municipal mayor cannot be allowed to live like a king while the
people are in desperate need of services such as water and
proper sanitation. The mayor clearly needs to adjust his
priorities when it comes to spending."
The municipality owns six mayoral vehicles
that are available for his use, yet money was spent
unnecessarily on other luxury cars.
"The Chief Whip of the OR Tambo council stated
that it is customary for the mayor to hire a car whenever there
is an event. This is a clear example of the endorsement of
reckless spending of public funds. The municipal manager, Tshaka
Hlazo, must account for the money used and ensure that no more
cars are hired for the mayor," said Smith.
The IFP calls on the MEC for Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs in the Eastern Cape Mlibo
Qoboshiyane, the Provincial ANC leadership and the Public
Protector to investigate this issue. The money used for these
vehicles must be repaid by the mayor and those who approved for
the funds to be used in such a manner.
IFP Spokesperson on Co-operative
Governance and Traditional Affairs,
Hon Peter Smith MP, 083 299
IFP Parliamentary Caucus' Media Liaison
Officer, Mr Phendulani Biyase, 073 024 5675