DA halts R390k car rental for mayor in bankrupt municipality

DA halts R390k car rental for mayor in bankrupt municipality

- The DA has complained after Fetakgomo Tubatse Municipality wanted to rent a car for just under R400 000

- A councillor expressed opposition, claiming that it was not a good use of public funds

- Since then, the municipality has agreed to rent a car for a much lower price

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The DA reportedly stopped a bankrupt municipality from renting a car for R390 000.

The car was meant to be used by the mayor of Fetakgomo Tubatse Local Municipality in Limpopo.

Following an outcry about the high price of the car rental, the municipality has reportedly rented a Range Rover for the mayor for R66 000.

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The DA in the municipality complained about the hefty bill suggested for the rental. One of the party's members, Lethabile Kgwedi, said that the expenditure was unacceptable as Fetakgomo Tubatse is one of the poorest municipalities in the province.

According to The Citizen, there is little to no tax revenue collection in the region.

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Kgwedi complained that the car rental was a waste of public funds in an municipality where many people "still live from hand to mouth". 

Additionally, the municipality is allegedly already renting two vehicles, a Jeep and a Range Rover.

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These were previously used by the municipality's former mayor, Maudu Phokane. Phokane was fired following allegations that he was involved in the VBS Bank scandal, Briefly.co.za has learned. 

In light of the DA's complaints, the municipality council passed a resolution to rent a different car at a lower price.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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