A luxury Lexus vehicle is apparently set to be purchased for Lindiwe Ntshalintshali, the new mayor of Emalahleni municipality, in Mpumalanga, after the municipality approved a budget of R1.5 million for the car.
The cash for the car comes from a budget that was meant for service delivery and was rolled over into the new financial year.
According to The Sowetan, a report reveals that the R1.5 million was sourced from developmental projects and, despite this, the cash was approved for the purchase of a Lexus for Ntshalintshali.
Municipal manager Theo van Vuuren confirmed this, adding the car would be bought in line with supply-chain processes. The developmental projects are said to include the following: upgrading and refurbishment of the Rietspruit waste water treatment plant – R114 039; spatial planning – R317 245; purchase of land – R230 555; establishment of service centres – R40 000.
DA leader in the council Nerita Naidu said it was morally wrong for Ntshalintshali to buy a car meant for service delivery.
Municipal spokesperson Lebo Mofokeng has not commented about the purchase.