Mayor racks up luxury car hire costs

2013-01-18 11:10

East London - The mayor of OR Tambo municipality in the Eastern Cape allegedly cost the municipality hundreds of thousands of rands in luxury car hire expenses, according to a report on Friday.

Mayor Dingaan Myolwa racked up the costs over two months in car hire costs, accident damages and late return fees, the Daily Dispatch reported.

At least seven luxury vehicles were hired at a huge cost by the municipality between October and November last year, the publication reported.

One of the vehicles was a Mercedes-Benz E300 hired on 5 October and returned on 8 October in Durban.

Damages, late return

The invoice from Avis Luxury Cars showed that the vehicle travelled 1 080 km and additional charges, including damages to the car and late return, amounted to R188 126. The total cost to the municipality amounted to R224 825.70.

The vehicles were hired despite the municipality owning six mayoral vehicles including a Mercedes Benz ML, Toyota Prado, two Mercedes-Benz E350s and two bakkies for when the mayor travels to rural areas, the Dispatch reported.

When contacted for comment by the publication, municipal manager Tshaka Hlazo expressed surprise that the media was in possession of confidential internal documents.

Council chief whip Nolitha Ntobongwana said she was not aware of the expenditure.

“I will ask the municipal manager and the mayor for a report on this when I make a follow-up today [Friday].

“As you know when the mayor attends an event he hires a car, but I have not been informed about what you’re asking me about.”

  • ianmichaelcalder - 2013-01-18 11:18

    Viva ANC - Deflect and Deny. "sorry, no idea what you are talking about, so it couldn't have happened then, ps. pay your taxes, its the right thing to do"

  • ThaboMdodo - 2013-01-18 11:20

    Thats almost 5 RDP houses he squandered on driving a better model of a car they already own!! He burned his way through almost 20 families meals for a year in 1000km. What is wrong with this country? - 2013-01-18 11:33

      The 'country' is fine Thabo the worry is the people RUNNING the country .... THAT is what you should look at. It is a disgrace that politician have this absolutel disregard for the wastage of resources that could help so many people ... makes me SAD to be living in this country...

      patrick.mbense - 2013-01-18 11:54

      Agreed Thabo!! Makes me sick this! The masses living in rural areas unfortunatley dont see this as they not exposed to the media. They the ones who suffer the most but because they dont see or understand whats going on, they keep voting for this corrupt government.

      Killbot79 - 2013-01-18 12:04

      I agree, but people like Mbongeni will say it's their right and turn a blind eye.

      wayne.faulds - 2013-01-18 13:00

      @ThaboMdodo - right on Thabo. I'm convinced millions of right thinking South Africans wholeheartedly support your view. Unfortunately, i think there are more supporters on the JZ gravy train.

  • elgh.elgh - 2013-01-18 11:23

    So fxxx sick of them raping our hard earned tax money, something must be done and soon.

  • solo.mathe.5 - 2013-01-18 11:24

    Why the need to hire cars?...don't you have your own car...pais for by the state...from our tax money??? You must fire this person.. And the person who signed and approved this unnecessary cost!

  • judith.taylor.56 - 2013-01-18 11:24

    He needs charging with fraud

  • siyaz.mcitakali.3 - 2013-01-18 11:26

    Its a damn shame ! The ML is suitable for both urban and rural areas as well as the Prado , I wonder what excuse will they come up with

      aarchaic - 2013-01-18 13:12

      They Trying to keep the kilo's low so they can resell them for a better price...

  • FeebleGastro - 2013-01-18 11:28

    Post 1994 South Africa has made the term "banana republic" its own. No country can match us.

      thebe.tau - 2013-01-18 11:54

      So before 94 it was a perfect country for you

      jason.simpson.714655 - 2013-01-18 12:08

      Thebe I think the point is we were supposed to improve things post 94 not backslide into oblivion.

  • boet.magundana - 2013-01-18 11:29

    This has to be one of the most gross cases of wasteful expenditure on record. Why hire out when there are vehicles owned by the council for that very same purpose. Its like hiring a vehicle similar to yours whilst yours gets parked in the garage. Without accountability, ANC can talk all they want but it will all amount to nothing!!

      aarchaic - 2013-01-18 13:14

      You forgot about Nkandla R250+ Million for 1 persons house...

  • Dinos.Kaparos - 2013-01-18 11:34

    ".....Tshaka Hlazo expressed surprise that the media was in possession of confidential internal documents." 1) Does THAT suprise him?! 2) Skeletons in the closet...

      Erna - 2013-01-18 11:47

      It surprises them because they think everyone is a stupid as they are.

      denis.dendrinos - 2013-01-18 12:09

      and hence they want the state info protection bill passes so so badly, to keep them from very embarrassing findings like this!

  • angelanair3 - 2013-01-18 11:43

    Ja jong........... Is this not one of the poorest province in South Africa? And is this not the province that cannot afford schooling for their kids? And is this not the province that turned their kids into "education refugees"? This is the calibre of comrades and cadres that the ANC puts in charge of a province? Lots of questions and no answers.........

  • Erna - 2013-01-18 11:45

    “As you know when the mayor attends an event he hires a car....." WHY? When they have cars.

      martin.gee.godfrey - 2013-01-18 11:51

      It's a typical smokescreen comment to deflect the issue at hand whilst they look for a way to put a spin on why there is a need to hire vehicles.

  • Clintleeh - 2013-01-18 11:47

    VIVA cadre deployment VIVA!

  • D_MAN - 2013-01-18 11:50

    Its amazing how everything is confidential for these corrupt idiots. It really sickens me that these officials waste so much tax payers money on themselves and all the luxury cars while there are ppl right on there door step starving and to top it off this Chief whip Nolitha knows nothing about it and yet she works there. But hey, if thats what you ANC voters vote for thats what you gonna get and you will never get your service delivery, RDP houses or any other promises.

  • sisie.indola - 2013-01-18 11:54

    The ANC cadres in power (government officals) care jack sh*t aboyt the taxpayer (we are their cash cow - how dare you criticize them and they care even less for their electorate - i mean it only costs tem a t-shirt made in china (R15) a KFC (R20) and a bag of mealie meal (R10)- as long as they keep promising the public paradise then who cares if we don't deliver. JZ is king and dictator and we know what he thinks of whites,coloureds, indians (hey there are some that are singeled out as flavour of the month)but the rest of you are just collateral damage. And if you think it is going to change then you certainly living in lalaland.

  • Sibusiso - 2013-01-18 11:57

    His name says it all:Hlazo ,which means disgrace in Zulu.

  • markus.ippy - 2013-01-18 11:58

    180 k for 3 days and 1000 km ? Did he total this car ? I would not be surprised if he doesn't have a real drivers license . 7 mayoral vehicles ???? Wtf stuff the poor

  • Flippncool - 2013-01-18 12:09

    Same old same old. Limpopo and EC are rife with corruption.

  • Michael Hawthorne - 2013-01-18 12:10

    They have six cars that went to the families of the big heads of the department. Also I don't think the vehicles are clean enough it easier to get a fresh car from AVIS.

  • jason.simpson.714655 - 2013-01-18 12:12

    Not exactly smart as a whip, that chief whip.

  • marc.ross.965 - 2013-01-18 12:17

    Clearly AVIS are ANC supporters. They are prospering just as Jacob promised.

      ruane.nel - 2013-01-18 12:36

      Spot on. Or it's probably traditional. Hahah

  • itumeleng.aphane - 2013-01-18 12:18

    Mal administration and corruption still remains a rhetoric in the ANC.

  • foxiloxi - 2013-01-18 12:20

    Theft, greed, corruption, another day in Africa stealing from the poor!!

  • annalene.nel - 2013-01-18 12:23

    No wonder there is no money for maintaining infrastructure, essential services etc.... my BLOOD BOILS !!!!

  • talana.malherbe - 2013-01-18 12:28

    Yes another sad case of thievery and corruption in our beautiful country. Just imagine they could've given at least 4 houses to 4 poor families. Amaising that some people still can't see the ANC for what they really are.

  • compos.mentis.58 - 2013-01-18 12:31

    Don't touch me on my Merc's boot.

  • rob.bayliss.94 - 2013-01-18 12:36

    From the info provided it is fairly safe to assume that most of the additional costs were the result of damages, and extensive ones at those numbers. In developed democracies a whiff of something like this would produce the first signs of a resignation. Followed by pictures and accounts in the press shaming a theif of government (read taxpayer's) money. Let's wiat and see the scramble to cover and the purile rhetoric used to justify...or will it be........ silence!

  • ian.huntly - 2013-01-18 12:51

    Expenditure of public monies is not internal confidential information. We as share holders and financiers of public officials have a right to know about every cent.

  • johannes.mosimanegape - 2013-01-18 12:52

    He must b fired end of story,but hey this is south africa he will not b fired

      lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-18 14:12

      Nope, he will be promoted. They can't fire him because he is part of restoring SA to it's previous state, dirt roads, no infrastructures and so on. He is a VIP in a smart car, no brains required.

  • matshane.seleko - 2013-01-18 12:53

    I will leave in opulance at the expence of the poor,who I'm their champion,and the tax payers,then I'll not deliver and finally,I'll blame apartheid for not delivering.If I must deliver on my promises,the time is now.

  • tiaan.truter - 2013-01-18 13:24

    not surprised anymore to be honest

  • CaL044 - 2013-01-18 13:26

    It's a damn disgrace how these self important civil servants squander our tax money. We are already paying excessive taxes, and it's because of these oxygen thieves! From top to bottom, these government people think they are so damn important. Talk about arrogance. The tail is wagging the dog! People, if you want to see what the country will look like in ten years time, just look to the North. Another Zimbabwe! No food, no fuel, no work, no hope!

  • nigel.olifaunt - 2013-01-18 13:34

    An the voeters just vote for the pathetic ANC, election after election - lekker stupid! But what do they care, it is not their money, they don't have jobs but receive free houses, electricity and water.

  • - 2013-01-18 13:58

    They struggle to pay for proper schools to be built, but can afford such luxurious cars? Fire him for mismanagement and get someone who can do the job properly in.

  • lizette.vanwyk.arts - 2013-01-18 13:59

    I suppose the accidents were caused by driving into pot holes due to no funds to keep the roads save? Wow, so you drive a nice car Mayor, pitty you did not work for it like the tax payers worked for the money you spend.

  • Nico Du Rand - 2013-01-18 14:00

    C'mon anc, its not even the end of January and the headlines are flooded with evidence of corruption and over-expenditure! How can the anc lead a country when they can't even stop licking their own balls?

  • ttrevenen - 2013-01-18 14:20

    Living in the area this doesn't surprise me at all! It's one of the poorest areas with the biggest FAT cats who don't understand that they have been appointed to do a job for the benefit of their communities. In 2012 we had their councillors/staff staying at a hotel I was helping out at on the Wild Coast... they paid for 27 people to stay for 3 nights, only 9 arrived and stayed for 2 nights, then those 9 drank up a bar account of R3000.00 which was also paid for by the municipality. In the meantime the roads in the area have degraded to such an extent that many are impassible, tourism is going to hell and too many jobs are being lost as a result. But hey! I get to drive lots of lovely cars looking oh so important and successful while my fellow citizens live in dispair... Its the "Animal Farm" (George Orwell) all over again.

  • john.thelps - 2013-01-18 14:52

    They do not give a stuff because they do not know what it feels like to work for what you have!

  • marc.schreuder1 - 2013-01-18 17:05

    this is just the stuff that ridicules south Africa and gets everyone in SA riled up. Why on gods green Earth do you need to hire a veicle when attending an event if you have an official fleet of several vehicles. come on Your wor(thless)ship smell the coffee and stop abusing your powers

  • williamjoseph.roberts - 2013-01-18 18:19

    The guy was more perturbed at the possession of 'confidential?'documents than the wastage of our money.

  • Coda - 2013-01-29 13:30


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