DA condemns FTLM Mayor’s alleged wasteful expenditure

BURGERSFORT – With the cash strapped Fetakgomo-Tubatse Municipality struggling in delivering projects such as Operation Mabone to the people. The new mayor of the FTLM Naume Phala shocked many when she hired new set of wheels, a Range Rover.
In its media release on Wednesday, the Democratic Alliance (DA) condemned the Mayor, Naume Phala’s alleged wasteful expenditure in excess of R390 000 to hire a car.
“This expense will be incurred despite the fact that there is a Jeep and a Range Rover available used by the previous Mayor, Maudu Phokane,
abandoned in the municipal parking bay,” said the statement.
The party said it can confirm that the municipality will now pay over R30 000 per week for the rented car over the next three months.
“To get the two vehicles into mint condition, the municipality would only have to spend between R13 000 to R66 000 as per quotations obtained by
the municipality.”
“A resolution was then taken by the ANC Council to rent a car for a period not exceeding three months which the DA vehemently opposed as cheaper
cost effective measures were not considered,” read the press release.
FTLM’s communication Officer Ngoato Rachidi confirmed that the two cars are indeed faulty. “As a temporary measure the municipality hired a car for a period of 7 days which ended on March 22 ,this was to allow the mayor  perform day to day council responsibilities hoping that maybe one of the cars would be back but in vain.
“ The council has resolved to condone the hiring of the car and it has since been returned to the dealer. Currently, our mayor is using the old Range Rover while awaiting the Jeep’s engine to be fixed.
Cllr at FTLM Lethabile Kgwedi said the municipality is currently under administration in terms of Section 139 of the Constitution and therefore cannot afford to waste more money instead of focusing on basic services.
“It is clear that the status of the ANC Mayor Phala takes priority over the needs of the people of Tubatse.”

Thapelo Motseo

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