Mayor claims transport expenses for up to 1?000?km per day

2013-01-29 00:00

BLOEMFONTEIN — The mayor of the Xhariep District Municipality in Free State last year drove between 450 km and 1 000 km each day — or so his records claim.

The municipal books show the costs to refuel and maintain Mayor Mongi Ntwanambi’s Mercedes-Benz E500. The entries show that the mayor has spent between R17 996 and R39 032 on fuel for his Merc a month. April saw the mayor travel the furthest in his Merc — according to his log, he refuelled at a cost of R42 964,74. This is an average of R1 432 a day for petrol.

Conservative calculations, at an average fuel price of R11,37 per litre over nine months and a consumption of eight kilometres to the litre, indicate that the mayor had to be driving 1 007 km, or about 11 hours, each day of the month. In July he used the least fuel: R4 637,75. This was when the Merc went for repair. It cost the municipality R60 000.

The Democratic Alliance has asked the Auditor-General to investigate the “absurd and astronomical fuel consumption” of the Xhariep mayor between February and October. In this time, he spent R231 924 on fuel.

Attempts the past two days to get comment from Ntwanambi, the municipal manager and the premiers' office were not successful.

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