Controversial golden handshake to Mpilo Mbambisa actually good for ratepayers

OCTOBER 16, 2015

According to AfriForum Port Elizabeth and the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association (NMBRA), the controversial golden handshake given to ex City Manager, Mpilo Mbambisa, this week, is actually in the best interest of local ratepayers.

“After discussing the ‘handshake’ with the [Democratic Alliance] DA and [Mayor] Danny Jordaan to make sure the ratepayers of this city gets the best result from [Mambisa’s] departure, it is was very clear that a six-month salary in advance were in the best interest of the city, ratepayers and business,” explained AfriForum Port Elizabeth Vice Chairperson, Kobus Gerber, who is also the Chairperson of the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association.

“The disciplinary matter could have dragged for months and he would still have received his salary.

“He is now out of office where he can’t cause this city any further financial damages like he caused over the last two years. We believe and know that this city lost over three billion while he was in charge of the administration and we could not risk him in office any longer.”

Still, Gerber said there was an urgent need for the City to end this new trend of golden handshakes at every turn. Mbambisa is the fourth Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality City Manager to receive a golden handshake, over past few years.

“It is very clear that political interference was - and is, the biggest reason for the fact that we had to pay ‘golden handshakes’ to the last four City Managers.

“That has to stop and I believe that Danny Jordaan will not allow any political interference, while he is in power and trust he has the best interest of the City at heart. We just have to make sure that the next appointment will come from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro seeing that they, like Danny, will treasure the value of service delivery to the people they love and care for, so yes politicians should stay out off the administrative duties of the city and stick to speech making,” he said.

Gerber also said that the departure of Mbambisa will not affect their efforts to recover monies lost by the City in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s failed Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

On Wednesday afternoon, AfriForum Port Elizabeth and the NMBRA 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 IPTS.

Mbambisa is cited as respondent number three on the application among other respondents - Mamisa Chabula-Nxiweni; Mhleli Tshamase; Trevor Harper; Walter Shaidi; Babalwa Ntiama and Distictive Trading CC.

“We served our first of forty High Court applications to High Court [on Wednesday] and we will continue claiming all lost monies from corrupt contractors, politicians and officials.

“Mbambisa is part of that R6.6 million claim and if we receive judgement against them be will follow it up with criminal cases and have their assists seized and sold,” Gerber said.

 

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