Abuse of vehicles: MEC warns

2010-05-31 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Nomusa Dube issued a stern warning to municipal employees caught abusing municipal vehicles that “they will face the full might of the law, including dismissal from their jobs”.

The MEC issued the warning in the wake of reports about rampant abuse of municipal vehicles in the Big Five Municipality in the Hluhluwe area in the north of the province. according to her spokesperson, Vernon Mchunu.

Dube said, “I have been informed by reliable sources about employees in this municipality who are using municipal vehicles for personal purposes.

“We are working together with the MEC for Community Safety and Liaison to ensure that police conduct random checks on any vehicles whenever they see them and verify if the driver is attending to any business of the council at the time.

“If not, the police will immediately confiscate the vehicle and lock up the driver on the spot, charging them with theft of state property,” Dube said.

Mchunu said abuse of vehicles is also reported to be rampant in other municipalities.

“We cannot allow this situation to continue unabated — not in the Big Five nor anywhere in the municipal spaces of KwaZulu-Natal,” Dube said.

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