Just days after ANC Greater Tzaneen Municipality mayor; Maripe Mangena was elected, he lavished a whopping R1.6 million purchasing two new luxurious vehicles for himself and the city’s speaker.
This didn’t go down well with the Democratic Alliance (DA); which lambasted the acquisition of the two dashing vehicles.
The DA argued that Mangena shouldn’t have lavished the R1.2 million on the Mercedes-Benz GLE 350; and another R480,000 on that of the speaker.
The opposition party lamented that the acquisition of the cars shows the ANC mayor placed his interest before that of the people; despite the municipality owing creditors over R20 million.
Responding to the DA and other critics; Greater Tzaneen Municipality spokesperson Neville Ndlala said the purchase of the cars were necessary because Mangena inherited an old car which was involved in two minor accidents. In addition, he insisted that the car, which was bought five years ago was no longer a motor plan and had exceeded 150 000 kilometres.
“We have invoices to back this. In actual fact, the purchase of the new vehicle will save the municipality money and will be convenient for the mayor. The SALGA handbook allows for the replacement of the mayor’s official vehicle if it has exceeded 150 000km; the mileage on the previous vehicle stood at 173 000km,” Ndala said convincingly.
More Cars For Maripe Mangena
He also disclosed the municipality will soon purchase an SUV; which will foster easier and faster transportation to mountainous rural areas. Ndala added that the municipality hopes to buy another standard vehicle for inter-community trips.
He slammed the DA for stating that buying a vehicle for mayor Maripe Mangena is wasteful and fruitless and signifies placement of self-interest first before the interests of the people. He added that the purchase was done above board and through deviation; which is legally permissible.
On the contrary, newly-elected DA mayor in Tshwane; Solly Msimanga has banned acquisition of luxury cars, inaugural parties and blue light convoy for officials. This decision he said, was because he truly wants to serve and represent the interest of the people rather than that of politicians.