The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Northern Cape alleges that a fire truck in the Dawid Kruiper municipality is being used as a taxi for shift workers and it is not the first time this has occurred.
FIRE TRUCK MISUSED IN DAWID KRUIPER MUNICIPALITY
Henk Opperman, a councillor in the municipality, said the party learned of the fire truck’s misuses when a blaze broke out at a Upington business this week. The province is currently in the midst of its fire season.
“…the DA learned that the truck was in Rosedale, dropping off shift workers, when we reported the matter. While the truck still managed to reach the fire quickly, the matter remains cause for concern,” he said.
Another blue-party councillor, Flip van der Steen, raised concerns about the use of the fire truck to transport personnel months ago in a council meeting. According to the DA, it was unanimously agreed to put an end to the practice.
“The matter was temporarily addressed and alternative transport was arranged for shift workers. The intervention, however, seems to have been short-lived,” said Opperman.
The DA said the fire truck was a specialised and expensive vehicle that must be preserved for emergencies. It will table a motion at the next council meeting to request better control over the use of the truck; it also wants disciplinary action against people who abuse the vehicle.
“It is clear that, unless consequence management is implemented, staff will not be deterred from abusing the fire truck,” said Opperman.
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