A municipal vehicle which ‘went missing’ in Sandton recently, has Ladysmith residents talking. It was initially believed the Deputy Mayor of the uThukela District, Nombali Mchunu was utilising the vehicle when it went missing, a fact which was since confirmed by the municipality’s Communications Manager, Jabulani Mkhonza. On the day in question, Mkhonza said, the Deputy Mayor travelled to Gauteng in the vehicle assigned to her.
According to reports, the driver of the municipal vehicle dropped Mchunu off at her destination and after doing so, proceeded to a hotel in Sandton to check in. When the Deputy Mayor went to fetch her belongings however, it was discovered the vehicle had gone missing from the hotel’s parking area.
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Mchunu and her driver first approached hotel administration, before reporting the matter to the police. A case of motor vehicle theft has since been opened.
The administrative and political leadership of the municipality were also informed of the incident. “Our offices have been inundated with media inquiries regarding the matter. It will therefore be formally reported to council structures and provincial CoGTA [Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs].
Council will then advise as to what remedial actions will be taken regarding the matter going forward. We feel it is important to shed some light on this matter, so the public is not kept in the dark.
In the meantime, the municipality will continue to serve the people well in line with the principles of good governance,” concluded Mkhonza’s statement.
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