DA vows to fight plan to buy R700 000 ride for KZN mayor

2016-09-13 15:31

Durban - The Democratic Alliance has vowed to fight the purchase of a R700 000 "luxury car" for the mayor of Mkhambathini Municipality near Durban.

According to a press release issued by Mkhambathini PR councillor Michael Wensley on Tuesday, the ANC-led municipality had discussed the topic of a new car for Mayor Eric Ngcobo this week.    

"The matter was placed at the top of the agenda [at a council meeting] ahead of pressing issues relating to service delivery, corruption and job creation," Wensley said.  

"The new car is set to cost the public over R700 000, and its purchase relates to the mayor’s unwillingness to use his predecessor’s vehicle, a 2011 Mercedes. It is still not clear what luxury vehicle the mayor will buy with this budget," he added.

Wensley said that the purchase of a new car was tantamount to a "blatant disregard for the people", in a "poor municipality grappling with high unemployment and deteriorating service delivery".

"The DA will not stand for this. We will do everything we can, using council mechanisms, to stop the purchase of this latest luxury car. That money should rather be spent on services for the poor, not improving the lives of the politically connected elite," he said.

The municipality was approached for comment on the matter, but had not responded at the time of publishing.

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