The IFP calls on the KZN MEC of Transport, Willies Mchunu to urgently conduct an audit in the misuse of state vehicles by officials from the Department of Transport following reports that officials at the Department of Transport Offices in Hluhluwe are using state vehicles for their personal gains.
“These officials, working together with a local farmer who is selling sand, are using state trucks to sell plaster sand to local communities for their personal gain at a cost of R1 200 per load. It is totally outrageous that state vehicles can be used for non-government related work purposes. These trucks are using diesel and are being maintained by taxpayers money. These allegations must be investigated and the officials must be suspended without any delay. This is corruption,” said IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, Mr Blessed Gwala.
“We demand that MEC Willies Mchunu takes up this matter urgently. He must conduct an audit in the abuse of state vehicles in order for him to determine how many officials in local offices are abusing state vehicles. The investigations must be extended to other districts as well. State vehicles are meant to perform state duties, not for greedy departmental officials who want to get rich by abusing state resources,” continued Mr Gwala.
“The IFP will take up this matter in the KZN Legislature by submitting written question to the MEC of Transport to demand answers on how many officials are involved in the misuse of state vehicles and what measures are in place to prevent such corrupt activities. We will vigorously monitor the situation to ensure that remedial action is implemented,” concluded Mr Gwala.
Issued by: Mr Blessed Gwala, IFP Leader in the KZN Legislature, 078 290 5842
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