AfriForum PE and NMBRA approach High Court with first application to recover IPTS funds

OCTOBER 15, 2015

The Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association (NMBRA) and AfriForum Port Elizabeth on Wednesday afternoon served the first of forty High Court Application against a local company, Erastyle (Pty) Ltd, and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, with the aim to claim back about R6 661 157 that was lost in the municipality's failed Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

Ex Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Municipal Manager, Mpilo Mbambisa, who recently received a golden handshake from the City, is cited as respondent number three on the application - other respondents are Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni; Mhleli Tshamase; Trevor Harper; Walter Shaidi; Babalwa Ntiama and Distictive Trading CC.

"The following application will be against Le Roux Inc and officials for over R13 million," said AfriForum Port Elizabeth Vice Chairperson, Kobus Gerber, who is also the Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association.

According to the application, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality must undertake to investigate the recoverability of the R6 million from Mbambisa, and the other respondents listed above, within 30 days. 

Read the full application from AfriForum Port Elizabeth HERE.

Meanwhile, Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader and Nelson Mandela Bay Mayoral candidate in the 2016 Local Government Elections, Athol Trollip, conducted an oversight visit of the IPTS busyard in Markman, Motherwell on Thursday and called it the most expensive public transport bungle in South Africa.

In September, the DA in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality announced it opposed a proposal to sell off the buses.

FOLLOW DEVELOPMENTS IN THE IPTS SCANDAL BELOW:

AFRIFORUM PE 'VINDICATED' BY SUSPENSIONS OF NMB MUNICIPAL OFFICIALS

SELL OFF THE IPTS BUSES AND PAY BACK TAXPAYERS: AFRIFORUM PORT ELIZABETH

DA SAYS IT WILL OPPOSE '11TH HOUR' SELL-OFF OF IPTS BUSES

IPTS SCANDAL: JORDAAN SAYS DISCIPLINARY ACTION AGAINST OFFICIALS ALREADY UNDERWAY

IPTS SCANDAL: AFRIFORUM PE DEMANDS NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO CANCELS R6.6 MILLION CONTRACT

NELSON MANDELA BAY MUNICIPALITY PAID R11 MILLION FOR A LAPTOP WITH IPTS SOFTWARE

IPTS SCANDAL: AFRIFORUM PE DEMANDS NELSON MANDELA BAY METRO CANCELS R6.6 MILLION CONTRACT