‘Misuse’ of municipal wheels?

2015-07-30 06:00
Kouga Speaker Magdalene Dlomo. 


: Kouga Speaker Magdalene Dlomo. photo: SUPPLIED

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A FURORE has erupted among the Democratic Alliance (DA) caucus of Kouga Council after council speaker Magdalene Dlomo used a municipal vehicle and petrol card for six months.

This despite being paid a travel allowance, according to DA caucus leader Chimpie Cawood.

“We deem this misuse of municipal resources deplorable,” says Cawood.

“The Upper Limits of Councillors are properly gazetted and they clearly spell out the salary and travel allowances of councillors including that of a Speaker of a local municipality. It does not make provision for a vehicle and additional petrol allowances for a Speaker in a council of Kouga Council’s grading.”

According to municipal spokesperson, Laura-Leigh Randall, Dlomo has never misused the vehicle.

“The municipality makes allowance for the Speaker to use a Council vehicle for her official duties if there is a problem with her own vehicle,” says Randall. “The Speaker’s own vehicle was written-off in an accident. She was, therefore, granted permission to use the previous Mayoral vehicle - an old Opel sedan - on a temporary basis for her official duties.”

At present the vehicle is back with the municipality.

According to Randall the municipal Council and administration as a whole is serious about eliminating unnecessary expenditure. “Should any irregularities come to light, they will be investigated and a report submitted to Council for deliberation.”

Cawood has appealed to the MEC for Cooperative Governance in the Eastern Cape, Fikile Xasa, to investigate the misappropriation of municipal resources by a senior official, as well as the alleged accident and the party responsible for the accident and the associated costs.

“Government cannot afford any more wasteful and unforeseen expenditure,” says Cawood

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