Opposition Party, the DA accused the ruling ANC of corrupt and wasteful spending after it noted that the newly elected ANC mayor of the Greater Tzaneen Municipality lavished taxpayers money on a Mercedes Benz SUV, only days after the local elections.
The party said despite the treasury’s strong warning against extravagant spending, the ruling party is still bent on placing their selfish comfort ahead of the interest of the masses by wasting more than R1.6 million purchasing two new vehicles for the ANC mayor, Maripe Mangena and its speaker.
It therefore noted that 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.
“The purchase happened despite the municipality owing creditors more than R20 million that has since led to the sheriff of the court attaching the municipal assets last Friday.
“The municipality purchased a lavish Mercedes Benz GLE 350 worth a staggering R1.2 million for the ANC mayor and another R480,000 to purchase another vehicle for the speaker,” the DA said in a statement.
The DA said it opposed this decision that was taken during a council meeting because the purchase was not budgeted for.
“To spend over R1.6 million on luxury cars is a direct insult to the poorest members of the community. It is obvious that ANC cadres will continue to place their self-interest first before the interests of the people,” the party said.
Meanwhile, in what seems like the opposite of what it accused the ruling party of doing, the mayor of the DA-led City of Tshwane, Solly Msimanga has put to stop the trend of wasteful expenditure by politicians in the municipality.
BuzzSouthAfrica recalled that the mayor announced an end to the purchase and lease of luxury vehicles for politicians in the city.
“No new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians in Tshwane”, the DA mayor said in a statement, adding that in case the vehicles currently owned by the politicians require replacement, sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured.
“A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan,” Msimanga said.
The new mayor, Solly Msimanga also cancelled all ‘exorbitant’ parties and celebratory dinners for politicians.
“Blue lights will be a thing of the past in the city. The only person who will have blue lights will be the president of the country,” Msimanga said.
“Gone are the days where publicly-elected officials will think they are VIPs. The only VIPs will be the people of the city.”
He said that was to ensure that leaders never get to think they are more important than the people who put them in office.