Metro to stamp out misuse of official vehicles

2017-11-22 06:00

THE Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has warned that it will take drastic action against the rampant misuse of official vehicles by government employees.

Chairman of the Municipal Public Accounts Committee (MPAC) Councillor Lance Grootboom said currently, the Metro has more than 2 000 vehicles on its vehicle register and these comprise of small cars, bakkies, trucks, motocycles, trailers, mobile plant and civil engineering equipment.

“It is important for the NMBM to create an environment where the responsible management of the municipal fleet is engrained in the officials.

“The responsible managing of the fleet means less vehicle downtime, reduced maintenance costs and an increased productivity and service delivery within the various functional areas where our fleet is used,” Grootboom said.

He said that a report on the investigations into the suspected misuse of the fleet was tabled by the Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate at the recent MPAC meeting.

“This report, dated July 2017, shows instances where disciplinary action was recommended against officials and what action had been taken in this respect.

“Through active citizenry, a total of 78 cases of the suspected misuse of the municipal fleet have so far been reported by the public,” Grootboom said.

“Of these 78 reported cases, the investigations have led to recommendations for disciplinary action to be instituted for 52 of these reported incidents (66.67%).

“Of these 52 incidents where disciplinary action was recommended, to date, only four officials have had disciplinary action instituted against them (7.69%).”

Grootboom said that essentially, not enough was being done to ensure that the suspects were held accountable, adding that the institution needed to act with greater swiftness and with a firmer hand to stamp out the prevalence of the misuse of the fleet.

“The residents of this Metro must be applauded for proactively reporting these incidents and we encourage them to continue performing this important role in assisting us to bring these suspects to book.

“It is always encouraging to see the residents of a municipality working hand-in-hand with council to ensure that any wrongdoing is stamped out of the institution.

“The misuse of fleet, as well as the lack of action taken against the responsible officials, will no longer be accepted and this will be closely monitored by MPAC.

“All the responsible officials must be held accountable.”

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