Freedom Front Plus
Freedom Front Plus

Nelson Mandela Bay’s fleet of beat-up old vehicles hampers service delivery

With an oversight visit to the municipal vehicle depots of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, the FF Plus discovered vehicles worth millions of rand that have been rusting away for years.

The party decided to visit the vehicle depots after receiving numerous complaints from municipal workers who claim that they have to use their own, personal vehicles or pool their money for fuel for a municipal vehicle to be able to address service delivery problems.

The Munelek, Deal Party and Uitenhage depots were visited.

Hundreds of vehicles, ranging from metro police vehicles to bulldozers, refuse-removal trucks, bakkies, combis and sedan cars were found.

Vehicles with minor problems, like a flat tyre or some minor damage from an accident, are now simply standing there being destroyed by the elements or stripped for parts.

In addition, it came to light that the Metro has no proper record of exactly how many vehicles and what type of vehicles it has on its asset register.

The respective departments merely shift the blame for the terrible condition of the municipal vehicle fleet from one directorate to another.

The FF Plus has, therefore, asked the Municipal Manager, Ms Noxolo Nqwazi, for a thorough investigation into the Metro’s fleet. The party also asked the Metro’s Committees on Public Accounts, and Roads and Transport to investigate the matter.

Over the years, the Metro has lost millions of rand due to its practice of basically dumping vehicles that need minor repairs on the rubbish heap.

These vehicles could have been used to provide better service delivery to the nearly 1,2 million residents of the NMBM.



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