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Mayor Msimanga rejects 10 new luxury vehicles

The mayor says public money had been used by previous leaders to buy luxury BMW vehicles for politicians.

Solly Msimang. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Tshwane Mayor Solly Msimanga has rejected ten luxury vehicles, which were bought by his predecessors for politicians and senior officials in his municipality.

The newly elected Democratic Alliance (DA) mayor has also banned the purchase or leasing of luxury vehicles.

He has uncovered the fact that public money had been used by previous leaders of the municipality to buy luxury BMW vehicles for politicians.

Thinking it would retain Tshwane, the African National Congress-led administration bought 10 new BMW 3 series vehicles for members of the mayoral council, with an estimated value of over R5 million.

But Msimanga's spokesperson, Matthew Gerstner, says the mayor has taken the decision to give the cars to the Tshwane Metro Police Department, where they will form part of a newly formed anti-hijack unit.

"They will be used to prevent and respond to hijackings and high-speed chases."

Gerstner says this is in efforts to save costs.

"The mayor has decided today that under the new administration, no more luxury vehicles will be bought."

Msimanga has also banned blue lights for politicians in the City, including on his own vehicle.

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