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Blinged-out cars for Durban mayors

2012-07-31 15:46

Johannesburg - The Democratic Alliance is going to ask the public protector to investigate the purchase of two Toyota Prado VX's worth R1.5m for the eThekwini Metro's mayor and deputy mayor.

Dean Macpherson, the DA's chief whip for the eThekwini region said on Tuesday that the "purchase is a slap in the face of the poorest of the poor in eThekwini who have been denied housing and basic services due to fraud, corruption and limited budgets".

According to Macpherson the two vehicles come fitted with 4 cameras, a fridge, sunroof and a full satellite navigation system.

EThekwini Mayor James Nxumalo has a BMW 7 series while deputy Mayor Nomvuzo Shabalala has the use of a BMW 3 series, all paid for by Durban's ratepayers.

"While the DA appreciates that the mayor and deputy mayor should have adequate means of travel and transportation, such luxury and opulence is simply not justifiable in the midst of service delivery protests and rates increases that the city has faced over recent times."

He said the DA would ask Public Protector Thuli Madonsela to investigate the purchase in term of the Municipal Finance Management Act to determine whether there was a case for wasteful expenditure against the city.

Comment could not be immediately obtained from the eThekwini Metro.

Comments
  • oom.koos.7 - 2012-07-31 16:00

    Yes it is a waste of money, so why have an investigation...???

      Squeegee - 2012-07-31 16:16

      Does it have an ejection seat or a rubbish disposal? - these could be put to good use......

      alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-31 16:19

      Don't give up on our country my friend, there will come a time when this corruption is a thing of a past.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-31 16:23

      @alu - I like your spirit and optimism. I hope you're right. I just don't see how/when it will end.

      Willie - 2012-07-31 16:25

      I can bet you the office of the mayor will say they did not sanction this but the guys who are doing "procurement" watch the space

      blignault.michaele - 2012-07-31 16:34

      It reminds me of a song with the words..."Whats' new pussycat, what's new, uhum, uhum".......

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-31 18:21

      Yeah why bother, coup time

  • heinrich.spreeth - 2012-07-31 16:01

    SIES!

      rofras - 2012-07-31 16:21

      My fellow blacks are out of order. am geting sick of this. Voting for the DA will solve this problems but its scaryyyy.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-07-31 16:24

      rofras - I appreciate your fear and I understand (as best I can). But compared to what we're facing right now, is that option really so scary?

      ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-07-31 16:56

      "All animals are equal, but some are more equal then others" - George Orwell. Animal Farm

      burtfred.brown - 2012-07-31 17:18

      @Rofas Voting for keeping the current crooks in power is scary.

  • upumba - 2012-07-31 16:01

    take the cars back to Toyota and build 10 houses for the homeless. Problem solved

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-07-31 16:14

      You obviously have never met one of these politically appointed cANCers. They think nothing will function without them and that they are entitled to everything. Best part is they are the most arrogant dumb-ass morons you have ever met and utterly useless outside the bubble these cANCers have created for themselfs.

      alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-31 16:16

      For that price, you should be able to build atleast 30 RDP houses..

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-07-31 18:41

      upumba... thats a fair statement, the problem is do you really think they care for those 10 homeless families?

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-07-31 16:01

    If I'm not mistaken, these models also come with a 3 screen, 8 speaker entertainment system.

  • nkosi.khumalo.33 - 2012-07-31 16:05

    this type of wasteful expenditure has to condemned in all possible ways. sies!!!!!!!!

      darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-31 16:16

      But this is were our finance minister Mr Gordan must speak out. It's disgusting that he is so quick to up our taxes on everything but yet he lets these idiots waste money. He should be fired as well as he is a coward.

      Willie - 2012-07-31 16:17

      No leadership, the head is rotten so the body will follow

      patricia.dewet.92 - 2012-07-31 16:48

      I feel sorry for them because they think a car can give you class. It is time that the minister of finance stop this waste of taxpayers money. Maybe he is to scared of his bosses.

  • nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-07-31 16:05

    hahahahaha, dear poor & unemployed, your ANC fatcat baases that you voted for dont give a F**k about you, they have nice fancy cars with cameras & fridges, keep voting for these idiots & you will get more of the same, NOTHING !!!!!!!!!!! Dont say we didnt warn you, & this is only the tip of the iceberg, while you are scratching around in the dustbin, they are eating caviar & drinking Moet Champaign

      crazyjourno - 2012-07-31 16:14

      Second That!

      Willie - 2012-07-31 16:19

      @ Nigel.vanysendyk= the problem is those who keep on voting this idiots in power do not understand what this politicians do, and lastly they do not have the luxury of blogging like you and me

      jeremy002 - 2012-08-01 08:33

      Champagne...

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-31 16:08

    Just how much more should the rate payers of this country tolerate. Probably only 15% of the community pay rates at all, while the other 85% expect all services for nothing. Through fraud, corruption, inefficiency, idleness, lack of work ethic and lack of any form of skills, technical or managerial, these apes urinate the tax payer’s money down the drain, adding excess luxuries like 1.4 million rand transport. For all the worth they are to the community, they should be given wheelbarrows to drive around in. It is time all rate payers simply stop paying, until Municipalities are able to perform as required by municipal law. At the moment all taxes go into sustaining the bloated animal, and nothing is left for maintaining the municipal areas. Once the coffers are completely dry, these vultures increase property values by 300%, in a recessionary market where house prices are continuously falling. Surely we can all stand together on this, get legal representation and simply stop paying rent, until they replace most municipal staff with others who can actually efficiently and ethically do the job. The time has finally come for all of us to make a determined stand.

  • Pieter Rens - 2012-07-31 16:09

    Fine the dealerships who sells these extravagant vehicles to municipalities. this will stop this kind off waste dead in its tracks. Even if the vehicle is returned, it will still cost the rate payers thousands.

  • darryl.maze1 - 2012-07-31 16:10

    Ag, whats new? This is just typical of the ANC run provinces. These mayors are not that important and do not need these kind of vehicles. These ANC mayors, politicians and government do not and will not care about the poor. They care more on there plush lifestyle, what vehicles to have, expensive foods and there Johnny Walker Blue Lable. You ANC supporters keep voting these corrupt idiots to power cause they promise you the world and then once its over you all get left behind while your corrupt thieving government keeps wasting and stealing money that is meant to try better the poor. Look at the 8 provinces run by the ANC, the proof is in the pudding, they are in debt, education is a sham, roads are not maintained.

  • richard.hipkin - 2012-07-31 16:10

    ARGH!!!! That's why we pay the highest rates in SA!!!

  • altusvanzyl - 2012-07-31 16:11

    Ag no man this must stop people are starving!!!

  • alu.ntsandeni - 2012-07-31 16:13

    When I grow up, I also want to be a minister.. so I can just spend tax payers money whenever I feel like and I don't even have to perform any of my duties.

  • rontheogre - 2012-07-31 16:13

    Two vehicles costing R3 Million or houses for 50 families that are voters in need......now let me apply my mind........SCREW THE VOTERS. The comfort of my fat a$$ comes before that of 50 families.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-31 16:15

    Gotta keep that Johnnie blue chilled! This is how the government "cares" for the plight of the poor-jusrub their faces in it! I have never seen such blatant greed and self enrichment as that which takes place in the ruling party. Shame on you and shame on the people who continue to vote for this!!!

  • jason.heineberg - 2012-07-31 16:15

    Pimp my ride

  • peter.fraser.92754 - 2012-07-31 16:16

    Its standard equipment on these vehicles.Nothing new.

      Raymond - 2012-08-01 07:17

      Not the point, Peter. Why buy them when the money could be used in a more meaningful way?

  • jbm.moate - 2012-07-31 16:16

    DEAR TAXPAYERS, PLEASE TELL ME WHAT IS STOPPING US FROM MARCHING AGAINST CORRUPTION AND MISUSE OF OUR MONIES...

      Ntsikelelo Shwayimba - 2012-07-31 16:22

      Im with u 100%.its so unfair 4 the poor who deserve services 4rom their gorvenment which is greedy

      themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-31 16:55

      Marching is not going to help. Zuma will just lie and charm his way out of the grievances and entertain the marchers with his dance moves. Voting the corrupt party out of power is a more attractive and workable solution

      michele.holmes.1238 - 2012-07-31 17:21

      Stop marching and throwing stones. Start using democracy, and protest with your ballot paper.

  • Michael - 2012-07-31 16:18

    i SWEAR, I'm in the wrong job

  • jannie.swem - 2012-07-31 16:19

    the cameras are probably for their home made porn videos, and the sat nav is for the moron blue light monster that needs it to navigate. the fridge is for the Dom Peringnon, and the Grey Poupon. ITS GUUD TO BE DA KIING

      james.m.wood.773 - 2012-07-31 21:35

      You know of course grey poupon is mustard

  • Sakhiwo - 2012-07-31 16:21

    They are spoiling themselves after the Auditor General find some of their municipalities thumbs up

  • kevin.pitzer - 2012-07-31 16:21

    In siberia when its minus 40 people climb into the refigerator to warm up however if these fat cats think that during a Durban summer they will fit into their mobile bar fridge to cool down they got it all wrong !

  • xanavin.vonbuchenroder - 2012-07-31 16:23

    Same old story. Why is this news? The 'fat cats liberation comrades' will continue bleeding this country dry. Rather report the news when something gets done about it. Nothing will happen. Just another SA saga that will go unheard.

  • ryan.goodman.3110 - 2012-07-31 16:25

    Mob bosses and their douchebag henchmen need pimped out cars for their bros and hoes. They are competing with de gengsters.

  • sagren.padayachie - 2012-07-31 16:26

    they should have included a toilet, as well

  • Danwill Theys - 2012-07-31 16:34

    They can atleast say thank you to the taxpayer then people would be happy

  • christopher.m.lowe - 2012-07-31 16:38

    30% unemployment and a CBD and inner city shot to hell, looking like a sewer. Nice to see these ANC palookers have got their priorities right. No doubt the same poor, starving, unemployed and desperate bastards will vote them all back into power the next election.

      ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-31 17:37

      The 'poor', actually idiots, couldn't give a sh#t it's not their money. They believe it grows on trees. The 'poor' will continue to multiply, one day they make up 99.9999999999999% of the country. Haiti will look like paradise to the SA poor. One day they must explain to their children why they decided it was better to vote for a tribal party as opposed to affording them an education.

  • burl.samuel - 2012-07-31 16:44

    No fear ,after the next elections he will be legible for his own private plane

  • raquel.gombard.9 - 2012-07-31 16:45

    What? a VW Golf not good enough?

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-07-31 16:46

    Our people only appreciate leadership when there is a lot of bling. This is how we impress them and keep their vote. After all, they are mere peasants and it is good for them to bow to the superiority of the ANC. We do not have time to engage anybody on this issue. It is our right to enjoy the riches of the country. We will spend as much on ourselves and on our beloved ANC as we like. The peasants must know their place. All we need them for is to vote for us, so we can enjoy the luxury of power.

      lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 19:57

      I'm not sure the shiny magpie brigade will take much more though. As the year progresses and life gets harder and people start to add up the years of democracy and look around at their buckets, shacks, woefully educated kids and the very real prospect of never working in their life time, the attitude will change. And that is something to be very worried about...

  • themba.thwala.98 - 2012-07-31 16:47

    Under the ANC SA has truly become what George Owell wrote about in “Animal Farm”. No wonder the so-called cadres are murdering each other as they make a run for the public funds` feeding trough. I hope the ANC electorate is watching

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-31 16:58

    To give you some idea of what the world thinks Boris Johnson the mayor of London uses a taxi for work and there is a Expenses controversy because he spent R60 thousand on travel for the year.

  • fanie.essgee - 2012-07-31 17:00

    Buy them boys, just buy them, the tax payers will just continue to pay your fat salaries, buy your expensive cars and not say a word, for we are ever so grateful for the lack of service delivery from your side.... all i can actually do is laugh, i am so sick of this....

  • hughfh - 2012-07-31 17:13

    Why don't these guys at the top realise that if the city was well run, corruption free and safe, its citizens wouldn't mind how big or expensive a car they bought (well I wouldn't anyway). I believe luxuries are earned, not a right, and particularly so when spending PUBLIC money. Have they no shame or scruples at all?

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-07-31 17:15

    not in our lifetime my friend the corruption and wastefull expenditure is here to stay for now

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-07-31 17:17

    The gravy train is available now to all sectors of government. They dont care about the multitudes of poor people who they are supposed to serve. After all it is not their money but that of the ratepayers who fork out every month to ensure the lifestyle they have become accustomed to and to hell with the rest.

  • monde.sibisi - 2012-07-31 17:26

    What next? A Bentley for city manager Sbu Sithole?

      hughfh - 2012-07-31 17:39

      Like I said above, if the city was well run and corruption free, then yes he can have a Bentley. And I would help him choose the colour with a smile.

  • ken.grimblegrumble - 2012-07-31 17:44

    I think these guys have no balls. Why didn't they just take 100 million bonus and tell the rate payers and 'poor idiots' to take a hike. No more mister nice guy. If you are corrupt and want to steal then do it properly, they could be promoted to the ANC NEC.

      Sylvester Albanie - 2012-07-31 19:10

      lmao

  • dmawila - 2012-07-31 17:52

    some of us labor for university degrees in order to get proper jobs and earn wealth whilst others talk their way into government in order to waste a very large portion of the money we worked very hard for.

  • roiboss - 2012-07-31 17:52

    so what these guys are ethekwini mayors infact i would have bought them mercedes S500s with every extra you can think i would put in a jacuzzi if i could' and you know what you sords that supported Apartheid you can go to hell you benefictors who do you think you are

      sduplessis - 2012-07-31 19:04

      Idiot

      devon.riley.52 - 2012-07-31 20:00

      Hmmm while your brothers are eating pap. Makes a lot of sense, Are you a tenderpreneur?

      huey.freeman.963 - 2012-08-01 08:48

      And while you gorge yourself on delicious revenge, the poor suffer from criminality, poor education, poor infrastructure, escalating electricity prices etc. I cannot tell you what to do, but holding on to this hatred is not helping you.

  • johnathon.masters - 2012-07-31 17:59

    Just how much more should the rate payers of this country tolerate. Probably only 15% of the community pay rates at all, while the other 85% expect all services for nothing. Through fraud, corruption, inefficiency, idleness, lack of work ethic and lack of any form of skills, technical or managerial, these apes urinate the tax payer’s money down the drain, adding excess luxuries like 1.4 million rand transport. For all the worth they are to the community, they should be given wheelbarrows to drive around in. It is time all rate payers simply stop paying, until Municipalities are able to perform as required by municipal law. At the moment all taxes go into sustaining the bloated animal, and nothing is left for maintaining the municipal areas. Once the coffers are completely dry, these vultures increase property values by 300%, in a recessionary market where house prices are continuously falling. Surely we can all stand together on this, get legal representation and simply stop paying rent, until they replace most municipal staff with others who can actually efficiently and ethically do the job. The time has finally come for all of us to make a determined stand.

  • bishop.solitaire - 2012-07-31 18:11

    This thing is going to continue until the educated teach the uneducated that we need fresh blood in goverment. It does not matter if ANC or DA or da kissing party come in..we just need a healthy uncorrupt party. Perhaps is better we have more than 1 president like switzerland.

  • ashik.singh.54 - 2012-07-31 18:15

    The mayor of UMVOTI, still has not taken this years salary package, and he drives in his own vehicle.

      Bless Boswell - 2012-08-01 07:16

      Let's name this man so people know who he is and can show their appreciation for an individual who is clearly honest and has the right idea.

  • rory.short1 - 2012-07-31 18:19

    As one struggle veteran infamously announced in public 'I did not join the struggle to remain poor.' Presuming that the Ethekweni mayoral team are also struggle veterans it would seem that sadly the same sentiment is driving them. I say sadly because there were many fine people in the struggle who were doing it not for themselves but for others and those are the kind of people we should be voting into office not the current crop of self-serving individuals.

  • thabethe.josephoupamsotho - 2012-07-31 18:28

    Thts wht we gt 4 voting 4 this party

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-07-31 18:34

    Guess the struggle wasn't really about Apartheid...was all about getting their hands on the country's money for themselves and f*** the rest of the people...

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-07-31 18:39

    thieving scum. while their own people are starving and freezing to death. keep it up, vote ANC

  • victor.tamaranui - 2012-07-31 19:05

    Ridiculous...

      om.nom.nom.01 - 2012-07-31 19:31

      You don't say?

  • lacrimose.wolf - 2012-07-31 19:54

    ANC best wake up to something PDQ - the people who are out there DOING things, fulfilling their commitments and promises, walk the talk, are the ones that admired and respected. We're no longer impressed by your finery. Every single bit of needless waste fuels the 'off with their heads' campaign. It is sickening that (seemingly) the only real work being done is by the Public Protector's Office. Which speaks volumes as to how much we citizens need protecting from our own democratically elected government.

  • njabulo.sibiya.75 - 2012-07-31 20:44

    The more things change the more they stay the same one corrupt politician out in Obed Mlaba,another one in James Nxumalo,as a 22 year old I'm really worried about the future of SA,municipalities are in shambles but I don't blame the staff if the head is rotten the body will follow suite,government departments worse,unemployment on the rise,SANDF is a joke,Education standards drop every year without fail,really is there a future for focused young people? And excuse my ignorance but what value do mayors add to the functionality

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-07-31 20:46

    Are they so well-fed and fat that they need these huge gas-guzzlers to lug them around. Won't an ordinary car bear their weight?