Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, Mongameli Bobani, made it clear that his municipality’s deal with Volkswagen (VW) will exempt him from the call for mayors to use public transport and shuttle services in the sixth administration.
As reported by IOL News, Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, together with Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, who is the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), warned the 257 mayors that govern our metros to avoid leasing luxury vehicles.
Mayors will have to use public transport from 1 July
This call is part of a slew of stringent cost-cutting regulations that will come into effect, across the board, from 1 July. According to Mboweni, with Dlamini-Zuma’s cooperation, incurring expensive and unnecessary costs to a municipality will constitute a criminal offence against the mayor.
Mboweni warned that if mayors refuse to use council vehicles, they will have no choice but to make use of public transport, as their privileges of leasing out luxury cars have been stricken.
Why Mongameli Bobani will not adhere to regulations
Bobani, who took to Twitter to react to the news, scoffed off these warnings. According to the Nelson Mandela Bay mayor, he will continue to use the services of Volkswagen, as it is a deal that is excluded from the terms of the new regulations.
Makuqale bona sibone. https://t.co/6NoToKVvr5
— Mayor Mongameli Bobani (@BobaniMayor) June 9, 2019
Bobani, in his response on Twitter, explained that he is obliged to use the luxury services offered by the car manufacturer because of a deal that was secured by the metro.
“Nelson Mandela Bay’s executive mayor is sponsored and driven by Volkswagen South Africa, from their plant in Uitenhage. Thanks to the former executive mayor, Nceba Faku, for striking such a deal. A big thank you to VW Group for the support all these years,” the mayor noted in a tweet.
It does not appear as though Bobani will adhere to the new regulations.
However, the warning from above still stands: if mayors contravene the regulations, they will be held liable for committing financial misconduct which, in essence, is a criminal offence.