Tshwane politicians to switch Mercs and BMWs for Hyundais and Toyotas

New City of Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga has put a stop to all purchases or leasing of luxury cars for politicians and senior officials in the city.

No new luxury cars will be bought or leased for politicians in Tshwane, the DA mayor said in a statement on Tuesday.

If vehicles currently owned by Tshwane require replacement, sensible and low-cost vehicles will be procured.

“A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan,” Msimanga said.

“I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars, while our people struggle for services, houses and jobs,” the mayor said.

“No more luxury cars will be bought or leased under my government.”

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Msimanga said he had uncovered procurement of luxury BMW vehicles for politicians paid out of public money by the previous administration. These 10 new vehicles will be given to the Tshwane Metro Police where they will serve in a newly-formed Anti-Hijack Unit.

The mayor has also has also banned blue lights for politicians and officials in Tshwane, including on the mayor’s own vehicle.

“Tshwane officials will now travel alongside citizens, they will wait in traffic and will stop at red-lights,” the statement said.

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Tshwane politicians to switch Mercs and BMWs for Hyundais and Toyotas