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MUNICIPAL employees who are caught abusing official vehicles will face the full might of the law, including dismissal from their jobs.
This was the stern warning from cooperative governance and traditional affairs MEC Nomusa Dube yesterday.
Dube was reacting to Sowetan's story last week about the rampant abuse of municipal vehicles in the Big Five municipality (Hluhluwe).
This newspaper reported that Big Five municipality employees were using municipal vehicles at social functions such as weddings and funerals that were not related to the municipality.
"I have been told about employees in this municipality who are using municipal vehicles for personal purposes," Dube said.
"We are working together with the MEC for community safety and liaison to ensure that the police conduct random checks on any vehicle whenever they see it to verify whether the driver is attending to business of the council at the time."
She said the department was currently busy with an investigation of its own.
"But in addition to that process we are engaging the municipal authorities to investigate these serious allegations," she said.
"Anyone found on the wrong side of the law will be dealt with harshly."
Dube said what was of great concern was that municipalities were faced with the challenge of a shortage of resources to enable them to provide adequate services to the people.
"Under these circumstances, how is it possible for anyone to abuse vehicles and the petrol that goes with it?" she asked.
"I am also seeking answers from the municipal leadership to why this form of irresponsible behaviour could have been allowed to occur.
"Where are our consciences, given the fact that we should be directing all our resources towards providing services to our people."