Mayor’s two cars questioned

2017-08-31 06:01

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THE recent Ugu District Municipality good governance portfolio committee meeting got heated when councillors allegedly demanded answers from municipality manager DD Naidoo on how he authorised two vehicles to be used by mayor Cllr Mondli Chiliza at the same time.

The cars, a Toyota Fortuner 2.8 and a Toyota Prado 3.0, are used by the mayor and his bodyguards. An insider said Naidoo asked to discuss the matter with portfolio committee chair Nomfundo­ Zwane privately before it is tabled before council.

A source inside the municipality revealed that the Prado was bought for the late Ugu mayor Tolomane Myayiza who died in December, and the Fortuner was for use by Chiliza, who was deputy mayor at the time.

“For the first time in this municipality the mayor has to be escorted by two vehicles and the big question is why,” asked the source.

DA councillor Leonard Ngcobo said officially one vehicle is dedicated to the office of the mayor.

“These cars are big and they consume over R9 000 each a month worth of fuel, let alone the drivers and bodyguards that were just hired by the mayor [and] who are being paid over R16 000 each,” said Ngcobo.

Another councillor, who did not want to be named, said council did not approve another vehicle but Chiliza used his power and authority. The source said even the municipal manager and general manager had no idea that the mayor using both vehicles.

“The mayor just gives instructions, he does not consult with anyone,” said the source.

Another informant from within the municipality told the Fever that there is another Toyota Fortuner that will be on the road soon that will be bought for the mayor.

A new Fortuner sells for R438 000. Ugu spokesman France Zama confirmed that the mayor is using two cars and this is the first time this is happening.

He said the mayor has to be provided with two vehicles and extra bodyguards, but would not say what threats might compromise the mayor’s safety.

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