ECape mayor's R224k rental bill

2013-01-18 10:44

CAPE TOWN - The mayor of OR Tambo municipality in the Eastern Cape allegedly cost the municipality over R224 000 in luxury car hire expenses.

Mayor Dingaan Myolwa raked up the costs over two months. The Dispatch Online reported that his costs included vehicle hire, accident damages and late return fees.

At least seven luxury vehicles were hired between October and November 2012, the publication reported.


One of the vehicles was a Mercedes-Benz E300 hired on October 5 2012 and returned on October 8 in Durban.

An invoice from Avis luxury cars showed that the vehicle travelled 1080km and additional charges, including damages to the car and a late return fee, 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. The municipality also owns two bakkies for when the mayor travels to rural areas.

Municipal manager Tshaka Hlazo expressed surprise that the media was in possession of confidential internal documents.

Council chief whip Nolitha Ntobongwana told Dispatch Online that she was not aware of the expenditure.

Ntobongwana said: “I will ask the municipal manager and the mayor for a report on this when I make a follow-up.

“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.”

  • erich.goosen - 2013-01-18 11:08

    I think that posts suchs as Mayors and paid councillors are a luxury very few local authorities can afford and should be done away with. If councillors are only willing to serve if they are paid, it will be better to get an administrative body to take over their duties. Must of these incumbents are there solely to enrich themselves at the expense of the taxpayer and have no desire to improve service delivery.

  • shaun.knoesen.9 - 2013-01-18 11:13

    It must be really nice to be black and in government in SA...

      marthin.dejongh1 - 2013-01-19 07:18

      Ja well, the rest of the world thinks its a bunch of lollipops running this country because its the only country in the world where the majority of the population that also rules the country and has all the power has to put laws in place to protect themselves against the minority of the population to keep on benefiting themselves.

      Siyanda.Tenza - 2013-01-19 15:50

      trust me it is im planning on joining the gravy train myself can't wait to spend white mans tax as clearly whites are the only ones worried about such reckless expenditure *sarcastic tone*

  • davy.botha - 2013-01-18 11:21

    So if you need to hire a vehicle for functions what do you do with the ones you own?

  • fredster.mania.5 - 2013-01-18 12:22

    This is what happens if you place incompetent people in power

  • chris.potgieter.73 - 2013-01-18 12:50

    Eish, it's part of the process of nationalising our tax money and is guided by the Lord & Master of Nkandla, Zuma Action Man, himself setting examples for all the other deployed cadre's to adopt and adhere to.

  • vokko.lossie - 2013-01-18 12:57

    In true ANC fashion!

  • lesley.marks - 2013-01-18 13:19

    there goes our taxpayers money...

  • hennie.malan.16 - 2013-01-18 13:53

    I'm sure he gets 1 million a year or more . This should be investigated and the costs should be for his own account

  • jason.marriott.75 - 2013-01-18 13:55

    wtf is wrong ... isn't what they have good enough. Eastern Cape has no money for anything and they still choose to waist money like this.

  • chris.steytler.1 - 2013-01-18 14:23

    look at that face in the picture, stressing about his next kfc family bucket.

  • honest.mrwebo - 2013-01-18 14:46

    Problem shows that expenditure is not pre-approved , there should be a senior person authorising expenditure for any individual like it happens in companies we work for , you first request a hired vehicle , on your request you state why hire instead of using company car , the cost is also taken into account . Such waste would not have gone through in the first place , secondly it seems someone leaked the information otherwise no one would have known about it , how many such wasteful expenditures have gone through unchecked ? The last point is organisational weaknesses have got nothing to do with colour , Stop the racist comments and focus on the issue at hand. The previous gorvenment had no black people and yet it left this country totally bankrupt and unable to take ncare of its citizens , when Thabo Mbeki`s administration took over from Nelson Mandela`s n, their first task was to reduce the debt by South Africa and that mission was accomplished. Now Thabo is not white , just an example .

      carl.strydom1 - 2013-01-18 18:05

      First part of your comment accepted and agreed. Second part, hmmm... Not a racist myself, but have you looked at how many transgressions, misconduct, misdemeanours, corruption, maladministration, cadre empowerment/employment, useless administrators, hospitals with no infrastructure (or with not an ounce of fundamental health ethic), the absolute downfall of the school system, roads, lack of service delivery, lack of leadership, covering up, self enrichment (you insinuate it yourself).... (hey this list could go on into oblivion!!!!!) is committed on a daily basis by the powers of goverment, be it national or provincial or local, and look at who these people are, you are in for a hiding to nothing. I will challenge your viewpoint that the "previous goverment left this country bankrupt" becuase we have had 18 years of ANC rule that has had a worse effect on our country than "the previous goverment" could do in 46 years. Worst part of your comment is that after Pres Mandela's term, you state that Mbeki had to pull us through a debt reducing task? If you mean that Pres Mandela (in my mind, the best goverment SA had had under his rule), had screwed up so badly for Mbeki to resolve these issues, my man, it would be best if you wrote these comments where nobody could read them.

      marthin.dejongh1 - 2013-01-19 06:54

      Aaggggg pleeeaase!!!! Their is a senior person in charge to control and approve the expenditure. All municipalities are service delivery businesses like the one you work for. The MAYOR is the head of that business,he is the one in charge,HE is suppose to control the finances. But he is the corrupt one. So what do you do now?.

  • magomarele - 2013-01-18 15:28

    And all these are tax-payers' money! Why, ANC, mara why?

  • brandon.gouveris - 2013-01-18 15:31

    Eish.... Give me another Big Mac please and make it a super size. Oh and dont forget about my ice cream and ill eat it in my rented luxury car.

  • walter.laurie - 2013-01-18 15:47

    There are 3 main reasons why we believe the Cape should NOT continue on as a province of SA: • The unfair taxation policies (distribution of Revenue Act,) which mean that 75% of our tax-Rands go toward propping up failed provinces up North… • A divide & conquer campaign of continued racial polarization aimed at dividing the people of the Cape along racial lines and turn us against eachother… • The increasingly violent political intimidation against the Cape and threats/acts of destabalisation … The only way that the Western Cape can escape & survive this continued abuse is to govern ourselves, either as a Federal state within SA, or as an Independent nation.

      vokko.lossie - 2013-01-18 22:12

      Waltertjie, you sound like an old 7 single! Get real! There is a place called Orania for okes like you!

      walter.laurie - 2013-01-19 08:54

      @Vokko.lossie - "Orania" is now the word used by morons to stifle debate.. It's basically as stupid, as calling someone racist for criticising the government. If you don't approve of criticism and your not open to debate, then you should go work for the ANC - their trolls on here also like to hide behind fake profiles, and im sure they'd love to have a white Afrikaans poster boy helping them like you..

  • william.sprague.12 - 2013-01-18 19:32

    Firstly, with all the luxury vehicles they already have there is no need to waste ratepayers money on items such as this. Furthermore, accident damage must be recovered from the responsible drivers'pocket. Accountability!!!!

  • neville.williams.96 - 2013-01-18 21:08

    all i can say is that the lord of action and nkandla man jacob zuma has taught these sewer rats well how to steal and deny it ever happened the municipal manager & council chief whip should be fired all party to this theft what a bunch of rabid dogs!!! vote anc and get rich

  • benjamin.jansen.71 - 2013-01-19 13:09

    Let us see how serious goverment is to fire this mayor who waste money in this fashion. Eastern Cape education and health departments are chaotic. Always have finance problems,but a mayor wastes tax payers money.

  • willie.dique - 2013-01-19 14:23

    Incompetant fool........Does he know what is going on in his community....NO of course not!!! Mr Mayor have you got a clue what is going on in the streets!!! No!!! Catch a wake up call and stop being a typical ANC moneygrabber!!!!

  • jango.za - 2013-01-20 15:21

    Fat tosser has 3rd world mentality: ask not what you can do for your people, but what your people's money can do for you.

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