The Executive Mayor of Govan Mbeki Municipality, FLora Maboa-Boltman.

Several councillors questioned Govan Mbeki Municipality’s priorities after a meeting where the possibility of a new car for the mayor, Flora Maboa-Boltman was discussed.
It is alleged that this new vehicle will cost more than R1.5 million.
The council also wants to buy a new vehicle for the Speaker.
The mayor’s current vehicle, allegedly has 151 000km on the clock and after 150 000km officials are due to receive new vehicles, but considering the municipality’s debt to Eskom and other suppliers, councillors are questioning if new vehicles should really be the highest priority at this stage.
Govan Mbeki Municipality’s debt is about R750 million of which R420 million is owed to Eskom.
“The municipality’s financial situation is so bad, we cannot even afford it to replace faulty streetlights,” said Mariaan Chamberlain, DA councillor.
The municipality has 22 refuse removal trucks of which only nine are in operation.
These nine trucks are divided to service the whole Govan Mbeki municipal area including Secunda, Trichardt, Evander, eMbalenhle, Kinross, Bethal, eMzinoni, Leslie, Eendracht and Lebohang.

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