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'Bobani lied about City Hall security breach in bid to re-instate contractor': DA

Apr 1, 2019
'Bobani lied about City Hall security breach in bid to re-instate contractor': DA

DA Nelson Mandela Bay claims threat on Bobani a ruse

Port Elizabeth -In a dramatic turn of events, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay on Monday accused Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, and the African National Congress (ANC) led coalition of fabricating a story in which it is alleged that an unknown armed man had entered Bobani's Mayoral office at the Port Elizabeth City Hall and demanded a house from the Mayor at gunpoint in February.

According to the DA, the Port Elizabeth man's family was now in danger "in what seems to be an attempt to reinstate a security contractor at the Municipality".

"On the 28th of February 2019, in a sworn statement to the Metro’s Safety and Security Directorate, Mr Danisile Ngobo, the man being accused of this act, indicated that he never threatened the Mayor. In fact, he does not own a firearm or have a license to carry a firearm," said Athol Trollip - DA's Federal Chairperson, who was once Bobani's boss and the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

Trollip said that the DA wanted to clear the man's name.

"Mr Ngobo was well known to Cllr Bobani, his mayoral staff, and the Safety and Security Directorate, as he had a previous meeting with the Mayor in connection with seeking assistance, after his house burned down. Mr Ngobo and the Mayor have in the past also exchanged Whatsapp messages," he described.

"On the day of the alleged incident, Mr Ngobo had an appointment with the Mayor and was even joined by his wife and daughter in Cllr Bobani’s office.

"All of this seems to be an attempt to bring Afrisec Strategic Solutions back into the fray to take over security systems at the Metro. Afrisec’s irregular contract, which forms part of contracts worth R600 million that was stopped by the previous DA-led government due to irregular procurement, was terminated in 2016."

DA claims Danisile Ngobo and his family living in fear after he was falsely accused of pointing a firearm at Bobani

Trollip said that Ngobo and his family are now fearful for their lives, as they don’t understand the reasons behind the allegations.

"The DA will continue to expose irregular and unlawful decisions made by the Municipality’s ANC/EFF/UDM coalition of corruption and criminality.

"In December 2018 I wrote to the Public Protector about the many irregular decisions taken by Mayor Bobani and the coalition of corruption," Trollip added.

"I am now also going to write to the Ministers of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and Justice, as well as the Premier of the Eastern Cape, the MEC for COGTA and Treasury to highlight these irregular activities."

He said that Sec. 120 (6) of the Firearms Control Act 60 of 2000 state it is a criminal act and offense to point a firearm.

"It carries a jail sentence of 10 years," he told journalists.

"Mr Ngobo’s rights were infringed on and we will seek protection for him. We have also assisted him in laying a charge of crimen injuria at the Humewood Police Station.

"We also challenge the media, the Police and Metro Police to get to the bottom of this case."

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