The Ekurhuleni Municipality has opened a criminal case with police after 1600 rented chairs were taken by residents at a meeting, according to a report on Saturday.
This happened after a councillor apparently told the community that if they were unhappy with service delivery they could take a chair home, the Saturday Star reported.
The chairs were provided by the council for the meeting held by councillor Nkosinathi Shabalala in September last year.
Shabalala claimed that the rented chairs were never delivered to the venue where the meeting took place despite council spokesman Samuel Modiba confirming it.
He said he borrowed chairs from a nearby primary school because the rental chairs did not arrive.
According to the report the municipality had to incur the cost of R143 894 in addition to a R6400 rental fee that was agreed to with the service provider.
Modiba said the matter was still under investigation.
“A report has been referred to the office of the speaker of council to further look into the matter,” he was quoted as saying. -Sapa