Johannesburg’s mayor, Herman Mashaba.

DA Johannesburg’s mayor, Herman Mashaba has accused the city’s past administration, the ANC of spending R190 million on travels over the past three years.

Mayor Mashaba revealed on Tuesday, how the past administration under the ANC umbrella, misused monies meant for upgrading people’s lives to their selfish and narrow interests.

According to a statement released by Mayor Mashaba, R73 million was spent on travel by the previous administration.
“This misuse of public money is deplorable and must be condemned in the strongest terms. This could only have happened in an environment where travel opportunities were handed out to too many people, groups indulged in excessive luxury, and they had no regard for the value of travel to the residents of the city,” said Mashaba.

The mayor who like his party counterpart in Tshwane has been at his best to unveil the “corrupt practices of the past administration in their newly-gained municipality, said he has requested that he directly approve all international travel by any representative of the City.

He listed the class of travel on international and domestic travel and class of hotel accommodation as other factors that might have contributed to the past administration’s high expenditure.

We would also review the length of stay relative to the duration of the commitment and any allowances that may be afforded, as the strict travel policy would help the city save millions that could be redirected for the “benefit of our residents, the mayor pledged.

“Gone are the days of luxury for self-serving political leadership in our city.” Mashaba added.

Last week on Monday, Mashaba ordered the ANC­led Gauteng provincial government to pay R259 million in outstanding municipal rates or face the disconnection of services at defaulting departments.

He gave Premier David Makhura 30 days to either pay or sign a repayment agreement with the City. Mashaba said the provincial department of infrastructure and development owed the City R161 million, human settlements owed R39 million, while the department of health owed R59 million.