DA calls for investigation into Buffalo City’s “back-up” cars

BY CHARL BOSCH - FEBRUARY 27, 2015

The Democratic Alliance (DA) has called for Auditor-General Kimi Makwetu to investigate the use of so-called “back-up” cars by the Buffalo City Metro, which the party has descried as a “frivolous abuse of public funds.

In a statement, DA Shadow Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Kevin Mileham, said that almost R1.8-million (R1 795 049) had been spent by the Metro on the renting of Mercedes-Benz vehicles for Executive Mayor Zukiswa Ncitha, Deputy Mayor Temba Tinta, Speaker Luleka Simon-Ndzele and Municipal Manager Andile Fani, during the 2014 / 2015 financial year.

“There is no justifiable reason for these so-called ‘back-up’ cars. It is unacceptable that residents in the Metro receive poor services while the Mayor and her cronies are renting expensive luxury vehicles,” Mileham said.

According to a document provided to the party by Minister Pravin Gordhan, following a question in Parliament, R684 985 on a daily / monthly basis was spend on the renting of a ML350 and C180 for Ncitha, while Tinta’s leasing of a ML350 and ML500 on a similar basis, raked-up R319 068.

In total, R622 466 was spend on Simon-Ndzele’s use of a ML350, ML500 and E200, while Fani’s three month use of a C180 and C200 for security reason, accounted to R168 555.

Mileham stated that the party plans on writing to Gordhan seeking more detail, and that matter would also be raised at the police.