Unlike the DA mayors, ANC mayor for eMalahleni Municipality plans to go ahead with the earlier plan of purchasing R1.5 million luxury vehicle.
The DA revealed this saying the municipality’s ANC mayor Lindiwe Ntshalintshali would be getting a new car that would be purchased with millions of rand
The ANC mayor Ntshalintshali earlier announced a reversal of the purchase of a R1.5 million luxury vehicle saying the money meant for the purchase of the car would be directed to service delivery.
ANC Provincial secretary Mandla Ndlovu also confirmed that buying a new vehicle was no longer on the council’s agenda, and encouraged the mayor to consider an “affordable” vehicle when the time comes to change her current vehicle.
The DA at the time said the money meant for the luxury purchase was to be sourced from service delivery budgets and therefore should not be wasted.
In a statement released on Thursday, the DA said: “The mayor’s insistence on the car is a shameless slap in the face to the people of eMalahleni who to this day battle to survive in a municipality where service delivery is virtually non-existent. It also begs the question of whether or not the car has already been bought.”
“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 brazenly squander public funds at the expense of the people,” the political party said.
Meanwhile, the DA-led municipalities like in Tshwane and Johannesburg had maintained that the purchase of luxury vehicles will be permanently stopped as funds will be directed to better peoples’ lives.
No new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians in Tshwane, the DA mayor said in a statement last month.
If vehicles currently owned by Tshwane 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 had said.
At that, the Tshwane ANC Youth League accused Msimanga of political grandstanding over his cancellation of the City’s partnership with BMW to ensure officials drove cheaper cars.
ANCYL regional chairperson Lesego Makhubela said the DA-led municipality was trying to reverse the gains the ANC had made in improving the lives of black children.
“We are further convinced that the cutting of the so-called ‘luxury cars’ is political grandstanding at its best and it is speedily ricocheting to expose how politically bankrupt the racist Democratic Alliance is,” he told reporters in Pretoria.