Corruption, nepotism and greed are such endemic features of South African politics that it's really unusual to hear about anything else. That's why I was very pleased to read this report.
The new mayor of South Africa’s capital Pretoria has caused consternation among the ruling ANC’s elite after he banned VIPs convoys and luxury cars for councillors.
Solly Msimanga said on Wednesday that he had refused to take delivery of 10 new BMW 3 series worth £266,000, which were ordered by the previous administration for the team of senior councillors working with the mayor.
Mr Msimanga instructed for the vehicles to be given to the police department instead, as part of a new anti-hijack unit.
"I will not allow public money to be spent on luxury cars‚ while our people struggle for services‚ houses and jobs. No more luxury cars will be bought or leased under my government,” he said in a statement.
"A Hyundai i20 or Toyota Corolla can do the same job for a politician as an expensive sedan.”
Mr Msimanga took control over the city last month after the lead opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, ousted the ANC following dramatic local elections.
Days after he was appointed, Mr Msimanga announced that the lengthy blue light convoys enjoyed by both local and national politicians would not be allowed within the city.
“Officials will now travel alongside ordinary citizens‚ they will wait in traffic and will stop at red lights‚” he announced.
There's more at the link.
The 'establishment' politicians may be unhappy, but I bet the police are happy with their new cars! I'm sure the electorate is pleased as well. If he keeps this up, I predict a much less graft-ridden administration for Pretoria and a bright political future for Mayor Msimanga.