Mayor rents Beemer at R60 000 a month

2011-06-08 09:42
Mpho Poppy Magongoa, executive mayor of the Madibeng municipality. (Beeld)

Mpho Poppy Magongoa, executive mayor of the Madibeng municipality. (Beeld)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Johannesburg - The struggling Madibeng municipality in the North West is renting a BMW at R2 025 a day for the new executive mayor.

The total rental cost for the month for which it plans to hire the car is close to R60 000, but it could be more, depending on how much it is driven.

The mayor, Mpho Poppy Magongoa, apparently started using the car on Monday or Tuesday.

The Madibeng municipality - which includes Brits, Hartbeespoort and surrounds - was under administration for the past 18 months. After the recent municipal elections, this status lapsed automatically.

'Temporary arrangement'

Municipal spokesperson Patrick Morathi said on Tuesday that the BMW was hired from Avis but that it was only “a temporary arrangement”.

According to him the former official car, a Range Rover 4.2, had several problems which made it unsafe.

It was bought in 2009 with a 100 000km or three-year service plan.

"So far, it has driven 88 000km,” he said, but added that the brakes were faulty and the car “vibrated” when it drove at 120km/h.

The Range Rover has apparently been taken for repairs several times but according to Morathi, it is still not fully repaired.

The municipality wants to sell it and buy another official car for the mayor.

The BMW will provisionally be hired for just a month, said Morathi.

It appears to be a BMW 523i, but Morathi couldn’t confirm this.

Not budgeted for

Eddie Barlow, a DA councillor in Madibeng, said the municipality had not budgeted for the rental of a BMW.

"Apart from the monthly car hire, the municipality has to pay R4 per kilometre for every kilometre that the mayor drives over 300km a day. That could easily happen when she drives to Mahikeng, for instance. Petrol costs are then still added to this,” said Barlow.

Avis’s luxury fleet could not give rental fees for the BMW 523i, but said the BMW 528i was rented out at R2 130 per day, with possible kilometre cost excluded.

An extensive audit of the Madibeng municipality carried out in 2010 brought to light mismanagement of project money to the tune of R100m.

Senior officials, among them former municipal manager Philemon Mapulane, were axed.

According to Barlow, ratepayers owe the municipality about R500m as a result of the poor payment of services.
 

Read more on:    mahikeng
NEXT ON NEWS24X

SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
393 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/Africa
 

Autobraking: See just how good they are!

Just how good are automatic brakes on cars these days? Two VW models have been praised by top UK research centre Thatcham. Find out why...

 

Stay safe

Pro's and con's of accredited driver-training
Juvenile pillion riders? Play safe...
Need a family ride? SA's top Mommy Cars
Mom's driving-school dream come true
Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may need to re-look at the fine print. Things are not what they seem. Trust your intuition and look into things a bit deeper...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.