THE OR Tambo District Municipality council has resolved to escalate the executive mayor’s car hiring spree to provincial treasury.
During a meeting this week, the council took a resolution that a letter be written to provincial treasury asking for a thorough investigation into the matter.
This after the Daily Dispatch exposed mayor Dingaan Myolwa’s alleged abuse of taxpayers’ money by hiring luxury vehicles, crashing two and travelling a distance of more than 4000 kilometres in one of the vehicles.
Subsequent to the publication of the report, Myolwa’s political advisor Zama Mzamane came to his boss’s defence saying all mayoral vehicles were either unfit for Myolwa to use or were written off.
One of the vehicles in question is a Nissan Navara, which according to a municipal report was being used by a private company in Durban.
The municipality has not furnished the Dispatch with adequate information on events leading to the vehicle being written off and why a mayoral vehicle was being driven by a private company in another province.
During Wednesday’s meeting, a memo circulated to councillors which referred to the Dispatch article.
It said councillors should: “Deliberate on the matter and provide guidance on what should be done to reinstate the image of the institution.
“For the past few years there have been persistent appalling media reports about ORTDM. Attacks from local and national media have posed a big threat to the image of the institution.
“It is the responsibility of the council to refurbish the tarnished image of the institution by putting to an end all the wrong perceptions about OR Tambo.”
Municipal manager Tshaka Hlazo confirmed that the council told his office to write to provincial treasury requesting an investigation on the matter.
“The council is of the view that the investigation be completed within 30 days.”
DA councillor Chris Xhangayi said his party agreed that the hiring spree be investigated.
“It came as a shock to us as the DA when we saw this in the newspapers. We saw that it needed attention and we support the investigation – where there is smoke, there is fire. — firstname.lastname@example.org