‘No funny business’ with the mayor’s car

2010-01-29 00:00

THE mayor’s office set the record straight yesterday following an outcry at Wednesday’s full council meeting regarding the accident involving the mayoral vehicle.

Evodia Mahlangu, the manager in the mayor’s office, said the car was in an accident the Saturday before the mayor flew out to Korea, not while she was already there as was claimed at full council.

She said while the mayor was being driven that Saturday night, a dog leapt from the kerb and was subsequently struck by the car.

The car’s bumper was damaged during the incident and, because the mayor was due to fly out soon thereafter, it was decided that the car should be taken in for repairs while she was away.

“It’s normal procedure. Rather than waste money hiring a car for her to use here while hers was being repaired, it was better that it be fixed while she was overseas,” said Evodia.

After the car was fixed, they discovered that there were problems with the wheel, she said.

They then took it in for a wheel alignment where the panel beater noticed that engravings inside three of the rims were cracked.

“We were told it was a factory problem. We had to replace one before, but didn’t really take much note of that and then there were three,” she said.

The car was then taken in to Garden City Motors where it was tested and a report regarding the outcome has yet to be received, said Mahlangu.

“That’s why the car was fixed. We try to schedule such things while the mayor is away so as not to inconvenience her. It’s been the procedure for years and absolutely no funny business was involved. People musn’t make outrageous allegations without knowing the facts,” she said.

Mahlangu’s statement comes in the wake of claims that the car was involved in an accident with damages amounting to R50 000 while the mayor was overseas. When this was stated at full council, shocked councillors could not contain their disapproval and the speaker had to bang his gavel multiple times in an attempt to restore order.

 

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