Debate over council-bought cars continues

2014-03-27 00:00

THE jury is still out on whether Msunduzi Speaker Babu Baijoo and Chief Whip Truman Magubane deserve to get cars provided by the council.

At the last council meeting, DA councillor Bill Lambert objected to the speaker and chief whip getting council-bought cars. However, he was told that a 2006 council resolution provided for the speaker and chief whip to be bought cars.

Lambert asked to see the resolution and followed this up with letters to the speaker’s office. At yesterday’s full council meeting, he complained that he is yet to see the resolution and that he wondered whether it existed. “In 2006 we did not have a full-time paid whip, so it could not be in any resolution in 2006 that the chief whip should get a car,” Lambert said.

He reiterated that he had no problem with the mayor and deputy mayor being provided cars by the council, but he believed the speaker and whip should use the municipality’s pool cars. At this point Magubane asked for a 10-minute break for the ANC to caucus. The ruling party returned and Deputy Mayor Thobani Zuma announced that the ANC had decided that municipal manager Mxolisi Nkosi should investigate the matter and report back.

At the last meeting it was reported that Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela is getting a set of modest mayoral wheels — a VW Golf 7. Nkosi told the full council two VW Golfs were being bought — one for the mayor and the other for his deputy.

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