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Limpopo municipality spends R1.6m on cars, despite R20m debt

The greater Tzaneen Municipality purchased vehicles worth R1.6 million for the new mayor and speaker.

Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Questions are being asked after the Greater Tzaneen Municipality purchased vehicles worth R1.6 million for the new mayor and speaker, despite owing creditors more than R20 million.

A court order has also been issued to attach the municipality's assets.

This comes a day after Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga announced that his municipality would not spend any more money on luxury cars, and employees would have join other citizens in driving similar cars.

Limpopo Democratic Alliance leader Jacques Smalle says this is unacceptable.

"It's clear, looking at the background of the financial affairs of this municipality and not being able to pay service providers to the value of R20 million, the mayor and the political leadership is not serious about being indebted and rather focus on their interests."

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