Ricochet News

DA calls for Bongo Nombiba's immediate arrest after legal setback

Aug 13, 2018
DA calls for Bongo Nombiba's immediate arrest after legal setback

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape has called for the arrest of disgraced African National Congress (ANC) Councillor, Bongo Nombiba, following the decision by the Grahamstown High Court to dismiss his petition for leave to appeal his criminal conviction and sentence.

Nombiba was granted R2 000 bail by the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court at the beginning of July.

He was serving a five-year jail sentence at the St Albans Correctional Facility, just outside Port Elizabeth, after the court found him guilty of fraud and money laundering in March. 

Nombiba, from Kwazakhele, was accused of swindling the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality of the money, which was part of a donation to an organisation caring for the elderly. He first appeared in court in December 2016.

According to the State, a Secretary of a local non-governmental organisation (NGO) called Thulamangwane Community Project that renders services such as caring for elderly people and cleaning schools in the community, Zukiswa Mbhem, and Deputy Chairperson, Mandisa Monco, with other members, approached the Councillor to request a R10 000 donation from the municipality as financial assistance for the NGO.

It is alleged that Nombimba instructed the group to put their request in writing, but not to mention the amount that they had requested, which they did in September 2014.

The State claims that Nombiba then forwarded the request to the Metro for an amount of R30 000, which was apparently meant for the organisation.

In November 2014, the Metro deposited R30 000 into the NGO's Standard Bank Account. However, Nombiba told the NGO that of the R30 000 deposited - R10 000 was what the NGO requested and the R20 000 was his.

That is when the fraud came to light.

"According to the law Nombiba should have surrendered himself within seven days, but this did not happen.

"We urge the authorities to act and arrest Nombiba as soon as possible," said Mlindi Nhanha - DA Eastern Cape Provincial Spokesperson.

"The court’s decision yet again confirms that the ANC cannot be trusted with the people’s money and that criminalty exists with the ANC Caucus. The ANC is incapable of governing the City and South Africa."

Nhanha said that under the leadership of Mayor Athol Trollip and his team, the City has begun making progress towards a better future for all its residents through job creation and delivery of better services.

Nombiba's immediate arrest will help reduce the votes the the DA-led coalition faces at a Special Council Meeting that will debate Trollip's future on Thursday.

The oposition parties that are hoping to remove Trollip, and the Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition through motions of confidence have a combined have 61 seats in the 120-seat Council while the DA-led coalition has 59 seats combined.

With Nombiba's attendance of that Council Meeting in doubt, the opposition have a slight majority - and judging by events at previous motions against Trollip, things have had a way of turning out in his favour.

Nombiba can still try to petition the Supreme Court of Appeals.