NMB Municipality investigates Athol Trollip’s weekend 'fire fighting' pic

JUNE 14, 2016

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on Tuesday said that it has launched an internal investigation after pictures emerged on Saturday of Democratic Alliance (DA) Eastern Cape leader and the party's Mayoral candidate for the Bay in the upcoming elections, Athol Trollip, at a scene where Nelson Mandela Bay fire fighters were busy extinguishing a fire in a Port Elizabeth suburb.

Cllr Fikile Desi, Mayoral Committee Member for Safety and Security, said the investigation is of critical importance as the city cannot allow a situation where professional firemen and –women could have been impeded during the execution of their duties.

"The suggestion that the officials needed help could also send the wrong message as the team deployed to deal with the emergency were sufficient and if help were required reinforcements would have been called for from one of the closest fire stations."

Three fire machines with crews of at least four professionals per vehicle were dispatched to a house in the Port Elizabeth suburb Windvogel at 14:59 on Saturday, described Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality by Acting Communications Director Kupido Baron.

"Clarity is now sought if the Fire Brigade Services Act were transgressed as members of the public could easily emulate Mr Trollip’s actions by attempting to extinguish a fire without protective clothing and the relevant training while professional men and women are at the scene," he said.

"The critical question how Mr Trollip managed to get a fire hose to pose for a photo session while flames and smoke are still clearly visible on the publicity pictures must now be answered, said Cllr Desi."