Mayor tells ministers to lead by example and use public transport

In response to regulations gazetted on Friday, Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani said that if mayors are expected to use public transport then cabinet ministers should lead by example.

Bobani said he is not opposed to using public transport but in a bid to cut costs and fight corruption the leaders must leave their vehicles and use public transport.

Social Media users questioned why government and political officials felt the need to purchase vehicles with a threshold of R700,000 and why they do not use their salaries to purchase their vehicles.

Mboweni responded by quoting sections of the Gazette which states that the vehicle purchases relate to when officials travel to other cities and destinations and that they must make use of municipal fleets rather than hire vehicles.