ANC mayor for eMalahleni Municipality, Lindiwe Ntshalintshali has put the proposed purchase of her R1.5 million luxury vehicle to a temporal halt.
This is according to the Democratic Alliance (DA) which said it welcomed recent decision by the newly elected mayor to pushed aside the administration’s plan to purchase a new Lexus SUV for her official use.
BuzzSouthAfrica reported last week that eMalahleni mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali was in the process of ‘buying’ a R1.5 million luxury Vehicle, particularly a Lexus SUV, by tapping from the municipal service delivery budgets.
Condemning such move by the ruling party in the municipal, the DA noted it has written to the MEC for Cooperative Governance, Makoma Makhurupetje, requesting that he properly scrutinize such wasteful and fruitless expenditure at Greater Tzaneen Municipality done just weeks after the local elections.
Upon receiving the mayor’s new decision to halt the luxury purchase, the DA said it was happy at such decisions.
The party also praised itself for its stand in the mater and in various wasteful spending by the governing party, the ANC.
“This is not only a victory for the people of eMalahleni but also for accountability and the principle that the people come first, not political elites,” the political party said.
“The DA will continue to do everything possible to ensure that money that is meant for the people is spent on the people. We will not sit back and let the ANC squander public funds, especially when service delivery in eMalahleni is practically non-existent.”It added.
While the party goes on with its moves against outrageous spending of taxpayers money, the opposition party chose to show itself a good example to other parties by cutting out all unnecessary expenditures in most of its government municipalities.
The mayor of the DA-led City of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga, recently put a stop to the purchase and lease of luxury vehicles for politicians.
For instance, the party’s mayor in Tshwane, Solly Msimanga rejected 10 BMW 3 Series which were bought by the previous ANC-led administration and banned the purchase or lease of luxury cars to politicians in the municipal.
He said if vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement, sensible and low-cost vehicles like Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla will be procured.
Meanwhile, the party said while it welcomed Ntshalintshali’s stop on the R1.5 million luxury Vehicle, it is not the end of the road for the embattled municipality as it plans to press harder on the mayor to make sure the Municipal Manager, Theo van Vuuren is suspended pending the outcome of the corruption charges laid against him.