The bankrupt Mokgalakwena municipality in Mokopane in Limpopo is under administration, but more than R200 000 has already been paid to hire a Mercedes Benz C-class for the beleaguered mayor.
Andrina Matsimela has been transported in this luxury car since July last year after her previous official car was written off in an accident.
Netwerk24 reported DA councilor Korny Dekker says it’s a shame that so much money has been spent renting a car while services are not being provided to residents because the municipality is under administration.
He wrote a letter to Charles Malema, CFO of the municipality, demanding that the car rental for Matsimela be stopped immediately.
According to documents in Dekker’s possession, the municipality made a payment of R98 389.82 to a rental agency for the Mercedes-Benz on October 21. Another payment of R109 010.50 was paid to the agency on November 28 for the same car.
The municipality was placed under administration on December 18.
According to information from the Auditor General (AG), the municipality has incurred an unlawful expenditure of R1.17 billion over the past three years. In the 2017-18 financial year, the municipality incurred irregular expenditure of R373,7 million and R2,6 million was allocated as a fruitless and wasted expenditure.