In recent months city cabinet member Tom Versompel was caught drink-driving for the third time in only two years. Two other city cabinet members including a former mayor underwent the same fate. Now the elected head of Brasschaat social services Bart Brughmans has been caught out too.
Mayor Koen Verberck is up in arms: "Bart Brughmans informed me via email last Monday. He's apologised. I hope it now stops. I'm going to tell these people they should stand as an example."
One of the culprits recently pointed out that as a city cabinet member it was difficult not to drink and that it formed part of the job, but the mayor is having none of this: "As part of the local administration we should show a good example to the children of our municipality."