Why an email to release all vehicles for ‘elections’ stirred controversy in this Eastern Cape metro


The Buffalo City Metro said its law enforcement needed enough vehicles to deploy officials to voting areas.

The Buffalo City Metro said its law enforcement needed enough vehicles to deploy officials to voting areas.

Buffalo City Metropolitan municipality

The Buffalo City Metro in the Eastern Cape was accused of abusing state resources after an “urgent appeal” by its fleet services unit for directorates to avail municipal cars for “elections”.

The metro, however, later clarified that the vehicles would be used to deploy law enforcement officials to different areas. 

An email from the fleet services unit to staff on Tuesday afternoon instructed departments to “voluntarily release all available vehicles towards the elections by 13:00 [on Tuesday] to the fleet department”.

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