Bling 4X4s for poor towns

2011-12-18 17:30

Johannesburg - A debt-ridden local municipality in Gauteng plans to spend R1.3m on two new luxury 4X4 vehicles for its mayor and speaker.

The Emfuleni local municipality, which includes Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark, recently issued tenders to buy a BMW X5 and Volkswagen Touareg for mayor Nomadlozi Hlongwane and speaker Msebenzi Gqelosha, both ANC councillors.

The cheapest Touareg retails for R577 000 and the X5 for R680 000.

The municipality’s debtors’ book is valued at about R1bn.

In November last year, the auditor general found that the municipality lost about R250m in unrecovered electricity and water income.

A number of investigations are currently under way into procurement processes at the municipality.

Service delivery

Hlongwane was the council speaker until the May local government elections.

Municipal manager Sam Shabalala said the vehicles were intended to improve service delivery and not for personal use.

Shabalala said the council voted unanimously to purchase the two vehicles at a cost of more than R30 000 monthly over 36 months and this was unlikely to affect its cash flow.

“We made a mistake in buying sedans [Mercedes Benz E-class] in the past,” Shabalala said. He said both purchases would be made in terms of the draft mayoral handbook.

The handbook says mayors may be supplied with any affordable vehicle on the local market (excluding special imports) once the municipality had considered its financial constraints.

Another councillor, who did not want to be named, said the decision to purchase the vehicles was a council resolution.

“They took the decision even though the municipality is heading to bankruptcy and running on overdraft.”

  • jack.oosthuysen - 2011-12-18 18:00

    They may argue the 4x4s are to be used on the terrible roads to collect the outstanding debtors book.

      John - 2011-12-18 18:02

      ekfeugo, than they must get Lada Nivas! Anc = Association of National Criminals, Abortion Murder Genocide

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-18 18:16

      My people are lost in a wilderness of shiny things like kids in a toy store. The whole municipal management system needs to be revised. It isn't possible to hand over councils to our people. We need to appoint professional firms to take over the management of municipalities, almost like the management agencies for property complexes. People that can be held accountable for their performance.

      Ibhubesi - 2011-12-18 22:36

      @Leonard. We are in free fall now. I must think tonight what we can do to stop all of this.

      Craig - 2011-12-19 09:49

      If you use either vehicles on terrible roads for an extended period they'll be wrecked, Toyota Hilux or Isuzu double cab would be far better, isn't it strange that most of the over-priced vehicles been bought by the government are german luxury vehicles, me wonders if theres some under the table deals been offered by our kraut friends.

  • Johan Britz - 2011-12-18 18:09

    When already in debt, how will buying these cars not affect the cash flow? The ANC, a corrupt laugh a minute.

      Margaret Cox - 2014-06-01 18:45

      I guess if there isn't actually any cash to flow, it obviously won't be affected!

  • Patsy - 2011-12-18 18:12

    Bloody disgraceful!!! Service delivery, indeed! More like personal transport for both parties... How do these guys get away with it, please do tell....

  • Johan Britz - 2011-12-18 18:13

    How stupid do they think people are? What kind of services can you deliver in an X5 and Touareg? Oh wait. Regarding stupidity, these are ANC voters we're talking about after all. In their heads the "chief" has to have the best car while they sit around hungry. LOL, idiots.

      Sharon - 2011-12-18 19:57

      Yup the people are watching. Could the ancestors really support such wastefulness? I think the time is near that the ANC will fall out of favour with the Ancestors and the voting public.

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-05 06:55

      Unfortunately they won't, as the ancestors are jus as stupid.

  • Jarryd - 2011-12-18 18:13

    Government need to standardise the vehicles that can be bought for governmental purposes, if you take out BMW's and 4x4's and mercs from the choice list, you will surely have less of a problem(amoung other simple provisions). If you are a Mayor, you are there to spend the peoples money in their interest, not your own...How has it gone so wrong..

  • emile.eley - 2011-12-18 18:16

    Wtf has a 4x4 to do with service delivery. Such lunacy should be criminalised. Are they out of their nuts?

      Warren - 2011-12-18 23:03

      @ emile.eley: Lol, when I bitch about something like this you call me a racist, meanwhile back at the braai...

  • Lynn - 2011-12-18 18:21

    Why is this allowed to happen? Shocking waste of money and how exactly does this help with service delivery? Are the mayor and speaker going to do manual labor or debt collection themselves now?

  • Sylvia - 2011-12-18 18:21

    These incompetent councillors have an over inflated idea of their own self importance. The people they are supposed to serve don't even get the crumbs from the rich man's table.

  • TheWatcher - 2011-12-18 18:23

    Big solid bakkie's I can understand, possibly even a landrover of some sort but these are bling cars for football players and rich people.

      Karen - 2011-12-18 18:38

      Bling cars for bling councillors.

  • steve.dupreez - 2011-12-18 18:27

    Won't a double cab 4x4 make more sense if the vehicles is to be used to "improve service delivery"? Nissan and ford is available at a fractions of thhe cost AND have aircon!

      Margaret Cox - 2014-06-01 18:47

      I don't think 'making sense' is high on these people's agendas.

  • Ian - 2011-12-18 18:36

    and why not, its the anc way

  • Ian - 2011-12-18 18:38

    but dont wurrrri, at elekshen tym, we geeve u a shert and fud pusel

      IcemanGP - 2012-09-05 06:56

      LOL @Ian

  • valerie.dorrell - 2011-12-18 18:39

    Money does not grow on trees.

      bruce.mills1 - 2011-12-18 19:07

      That is , until, in their 'infinite' wisdom, this municipality decides to declare leaves as the new currency of the area with 1 leaf = to 1 old SA Rand, making everyone Gazillionaires overnight with a sustainable supply of this new currency! The decision making skills of our 'comrades' is, to put it bluntly, out of touch with reality. This disease seems to have infected every component of the ANC with few exceptions.

  • tboqo - 2011-12-18 18:46

    "Municipal manager Sam Shabalala said the vehicles were intended to improve service delivery and not for personal use." What were they using before, TAXIS??

  • Conrad BigShow Ryan - 2011-12-18 18:57

    Tis de season 2 be jolly...let the poor make silly financial mistakes n get repo in the new year.....

  • George - 2011-12-18 19:00

    These Fu#ks are trying to out do mugabe, if they havent beaten him already

  • Matthew Du Toit - 2011-12-18 19:02

    Ford Ranger, Nissan Hardbody, VW Amarok is the cheapest and THEY have AIRCON! What a bunch of idiots!

  • Deepchund - 2011-12-18 19:06

    Typical,some people can't run the finances in their homes, how can they run the finances of a Local Authority. No wonder there are so many service delivery protests. The ANC will be the architects of their demise,because the voters are getting "gatvol".

  • Jan - 2011-12-18 19:16

    Marie Antoinette, before the French chopped off her head, heard the poor protesting that they have no food to eat, she made an effort by offering them some of her cake. I wonder what mayor Nomadlozi Hlongwane will be offering the poor? Another ANC T-shirt and flag just before re-election day?

      jarrod.hart - 2011-12-18 19:58

      The story goes that Marie Antoinette heard the poor complain they had no bread, and said, if they had no bread then "let them eat cake"... implying she was totally out of touch - however most scholars now think this quote was fabricated to defame her.

      Henk - 2011-12-20 08:41

      Haha Jarod, if I was her I would rather be defamed than loose my head! Scholar schmolar who now try to dissect the events of that time. They should rather try and study current events ;-)

  • alexandra.nett - 2011-12-18 19:17

    Just the other day these clowns were pushing f...... trolleys now it is luxury 4x4s. Take a GOOD LOOK at these clowns and then go bury your heads in voted for them and now you cry at the price of their toys!

  • pmolesworth - 2011-12-18 19:32


  • Karmah - 2011-12-18 19:38

    Hungry People: ANC we are hungry, we are poor, we don;t have houses! Please help us. ANC: hahahaha silly sheep, we have your votes and we WILL NOT DELIVER. we want fancy cars, we want expensive houses, we will even steal the bread off your tables.

  • janjac.gilbert - 2011-12-18 19:46

    Brain dead bunch!

  • Thorsten Wach - 2011-12-18 19:50

    i think its just great

  • sarah.j.long1 - 2011-12-18 20:01

    How can fancy cars improve service delivery? It's not like they are going to use these vehicles to collect black bags when their workers strike. I guess these people will come up with any explanation to try and justify these car purchases!!!!

  • Gregory Jurgens - 2011-12-18 20:38

    Great stuff keep up the good work. Give yourselves a increase, take a holiday u deserve it, you must be rewarded for incompetence it's Anc policy.

      Henri James Christie - 2011-12-19 09:56

      Too true, the greater the failure, the greater the reward!!!

  • Justin.D.Glenn - 2011-12-18 20:45

    So typical of an ANC run council. Durban has the same size debt book and they used to be 1 of few municipalities that were financially sound, that was until the ANC and Michael Sutcliffe took over.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2011-12-18 21:15

    This kind of thing happens, because the people have no say in our "democracy". Municipal budgets should not be approved and controlled by a political party, but by the people living within the municipal area.

  • Pierre - 2011-12-18 21:24


  • Enlightened - 2011-12-18 22:25

    well. I said this in earlier posts, although worded differently.I have over the years by watching behavioural patterns and general managerial skills been forced to drw some conclusions. If I look around myself in a general way over the past three decades, it appears that some population groups cease to mature mentally around the age of 15-16. Simply the body gets older. I see adults in top government positions handling matters the way my son did it as a teenager: as big a bash as possible with no regard for the consequences as there are none. if I am reprimanded I will use my young age (racism, apartheid) to justify myself

      Xolani Ziqubu - 2011-12-19 06:28

      You are a bigot. Your statement is excactly why black people will always vote ANC. If your teenage son is so smart maybe he can help Helen. Racist!!!

      william.bendall - 2011-12-19 08:36

      I thought that these posts were monitored for racism? Apparently not. Anyway, "Enlightened" perhaps you should go back to school instead of posting such vitriol and trying to incite hatred. People don't really have time for the kind of comments you post. Your age has nothing to do with your behaviour, it's actually the way you were brought up. I guess your parents must be the real racists here. Shame poor you, what's it like to have a family that don't love you or themselves or other people? I guess you must be very poor, without a job, living below the bread line, no electricity or water, that's why you feel such hatred. Life for you must be terrible, I almost feel sorry for you. But then again you do have access to the internet... So either you have a job or you are posting this from your home. Guess you're not so poor or underprivileged then are you. Thank you for posting so that the world can see what an idiot you are. Oh wait, I see you didn't post your comments with your real name... You sure do have bold statements, I nearly thought you were brave to say what lies in your heart. But leaving your name out really makes you a chicken doesn't it...

      Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-19 08:36

      You sound like the offspring of Prof Dudley Kidd, the anthropologist. He came to the same conclusions 100 years ago. I do however think the generalisation is incorrect, its just the okes that rule us that have this childlike attitude. Sad.

  • tlaksbanda - 2011-12-18 22:43

    I Shudder to think what this country would be, without a Free Press! Otherwise how would we know about these kind of Anarchy? To those who do not know. Vereeniging and Vanderbijlpark Townships and Suburbs are the Least Developed in Gauteng! Only a couple of years ago, the same Municipality was put under Administration - OMG, they are heading for the same fate Again! What a Shame, now I understand why this Municipality can Never be a Metro. I tell you, One Day is One Day - Have You Forgotten the 3rd September 1984? Watch the Space!

  • Mark - 2011-12-19 00:19

    Anc Party-Incompetents sent to suck on the public tit

  • Darrin - 2011-12-19 02:04

    what a cheek, why couldn't they buy something a little less bling and alot cheaper? No wonder the town is in such a bad state of repair. The homeowners are paying such high rates and property tax for this! it's time we looked up and smelled the roses!!!

      Henk - 2011-12-20 08:47

      I guess they can always say the rules allow for vehicles in that price range. No matter how they screw up or waste money, the "rules" allow it. Enlightened a bit further up hits the nail on the head, regardless of what his critics say.

  • Wesley - 2011-12-19 05:57

    If see was a real mayor looking after the people give her a tractor lawnmower, she could cut the grass on the pavements while driving to a meeting

  • Vivian - 2011-12-19 07:40

    What a good life these modern day thugs are leading. They are causing more debt just to look good.

  • Hennie - 2011-12-19 07:55

    Get them these green electrical cars, so helping with the enviroment and also thay can't speed anymore.... poor things....

  • comurray - 2011-12-19 08:17

    Luxury motor vehicles to improve service delivery. Are they going to be used to deliver bread, milk and other items or be used as taxis. Come on there is no need for these vehicles, a couple of used double cab 4X4 bakkies would be more in keeping with a bankrupt municipality.

  • Brendan - 2011-12-19 08:26

    If you pitched up at my house in a X5 asking for money - I would most probably beat the snot out of you!!

  • Chum Scrubber - 2011-12-19 08:44

    Fancy cars are the most important thing to help these geniuses deliver to the people. Priorities, priorities, priorities. Don't you guys understand?

  • Wesley - 2011-12-19 08:49

    I actually saw the tender documents, it reads: The Emfuleni Muncipality invite you to tender on he following: 1 set of blue lights, (the type that flash blue and then white) for head lights 1 set of blue lights, (the type that flash blue and then white) for back lights All of the above must be fitted on a BMW X5 black

  • jack.kukard - 2011-12-19 08:57

    No money but these idiots need to bling it....oh I forgot it is for better service they really think we are stupid , I KNOW THEY ARE STUPID....

  • jjlambrechts - 2011-12-19 09:31

    So if a 4x4 is necessary for service delivery (which I doubt), buy a demo Toyota/Isuzu/VW double cab bakkie.

  • Warwick - 2011-12-19 09:43

    Let the poor eat cake. How does a car improve service delivery. Why not get a decent double cab. Useless filth. All about greed and whats in it for me and stuff the electorate.

  • Gary - 2011-12-19 10:24

    I wish someone would revise this bloody handbook for once and for all.

      Margaret Cox - 2014-06-01 18:51

      I don't believe it actually exists - they make it up as they go along, to suit themselves.

  • CraigRonnenbergh - 2011-12-19 10:42

    Great way to spend tax peoples money

  • Mbudzeni Shandukani - 2011-12-19 11:41

    If the news has been appropriately reported on,then the story abt service delivery is an insult to the taxpayer!This stupid handbook ,if i was the president i would have burned it olready,pity the president when confronted by serious matters like this wil plead ignorance!they can buy 10Tata 4x4 with dat money!Why must a tender be issued to buy a car?

  • kozikan - 2011-12-19 11:57

    couldnt have said it better ekfeugo..... thats the reasoning i would have used.... lol...

  • HendrikAfrika - 2011-12-19 13:16

    I would like one of those please, who do I go to see at Ekhurhuleni or is it only the bancrupt municipalities? I am sure Ekhuhuleni have enough money available - they once charged me R642 000 for mostly water used, 676000 litres of water for one month. Must say they did not say "pay first then we will investigate the bill". That was, I belief' the answer one got from the previous admiistration in cases of erroneous billing. They promptly rectified my bill and left me with a credit for that month. That worried me as I think for a normal household we must have used some water during that month, not the 676 tonnes but at least some water.

  • Tshivhombela Fhatuwani - 2011-12-19 20:55

    How can a 4X4 car improve service delivery?

  • Zebelon - 2011-12-19 21:48

    To the ANC, taxpayers' money grows on trees. The Premier in the Western Cape( D.A. ) uses a car worth less than R200 000 despite the handbook specification. It is such people who should be elected to represent the struggling citizens of this country.