Both Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and Co-operative Governance Minister Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma have put their foot down and told the nation's mayors to stop hiring expensive luxury cars.
Both Mboweni and Dlamini-Zuma have told over 250 mayors to use public transport or shuttles instead.
This is one of the new measures to cut costs in municipalities and other entities, coming into effect in July.
According to IOL, municipalities have been told to avoid expenditure on elaborate and expensive office furniture as well. Mboweni says that the new regulations have been put into place with Dlamini-Zuma's approval.
Local politicians and government officials have been warned that failing to implement the new regulations will see them liable for committing financial misconduct or offences, with the potential to be escalated to criminal offences.
Council vehicles or even public transport have been put forward as more economical ways of getting around, with regulations ensuring municipal resources are used effectively, efficiently and economically.
Municipalities have also been warned to stick to guidelines on their tools of trade, with political office-bearers limited to regulations approved by Dr Zweli Mkhize, Dlamini-Zuma's predecessor.
Briefly.co.za reported earlier that Mboweni had released a string of new financial regulations, seeking to cut down on unnecessary expenditure in the country, much to Mzansi's approval.
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