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Trollip removes Bobani from Health Directorate - process to remove him as Deputy Mayor to be pursued

May 17, 2017
Trollip removes Bobani from Health Directorate - process to remove him as Deputy Mayor to be pursued

Operations within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Public Health Directorate are set to be placed under new political leadership, in order to improve service delivery to the people of this Metro, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, announced in a statement on Tuesday night.

"I have removed Cllr Mongameli Bobani from the position of Mayoral Committee Member for Public Health.

"A replacement MMC will be announced in due course, and until then the Directorate will be placed under my direct political leadership," Trollip said.

He said that the Directorate has been of concern for a number a months given serious allegations of maladministration and impropriety, all of which are being investigated.

"Furthermore, Cllr Bobani's public behaviour and conduct has been unacceptable as a member of my Mayoral Committee and not consistent with what is expected of a Deputy Mayor," Trollip said.

"I have attempted on numerous occasions to address Cllr Bobani's conduct through the UDM's National Leadership. Cllr Bobani has gone too far with his continued unsubstantiated defamatory remarks, spurious public statements and recently laid criminal charges against senior executive administrators."

Trollip said that in the Nelson Mandela Bay, the people of the metro always come first, and this difficult decision is to secure the very best governance possible going forward.

"My intention is to ensure that this government is stable and able to deliver better services, stop corruption and grow the economy to create jobs," he said.

"Cllr Bobani has done everything to prevent this from happening.

"The process to have Cllr Bobani removed as Deputy Mayor will be pursued through Council."

Despite assurances from the Democratic Alliance (DA) and United Democratic Movement (UDM) national leadership - and even from Trollip and Bobani themselves at one point, that all was well within the coalition that booted out the African National Congress (ANC) in 2016, the relationship between the two men had been growing increasingly strained for a number of months now.