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Bobani among municipal officials implicated in corruption: Trollip

By Afikile Lugunya - Mar 7, 2018
Bobani among municipal officials implicated in corruption: Trollip

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, on Wednesday accused the former Deputy Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, of being involved in the fraud committed by various companies that were working with the municipality.

The companies include Milongani Eco-Consulting and Litter Pickers as well as Mohlaleng Media and Afri-Sec that apparently submitted multi-million Rand invoices to the Metro.

He said that there are investigations around irregular payments made out of the Metro's Integrated Public Transport System (IPTSfund for EP Rugby and various other organisations.

“There have been arrests in that regard and they are the main contracts that I stopped when the new administration came out," Trollip said.

“We identified them even before elections in 2016 and simple stopped them.”

Trollip said that some representatives of those companies went to his office with legal representations, threatening to take the Metro to court.

“One of them is Afri-sec and we are currently in litigation with them.”

He added that the new administration is not frightened and will make sure that everyone, who needs to be charged will be charged.

Trollip also told the press that Milongani Eco-Consulting was working with certain individuals in the municipality.

“The deputy executive mayor is implicated in this, he was asked to give a statement and he denied all those allegations without giving any explanation to the forensic investigators so he will have to give it to the justice system,” the Mayor said.

However, Bobani denied all the allegations, instead accused Trollip of obsessing with him.

"Mohlaleng Media was Trollip’s first investigation. Right from the beginning, the investigation was impaired as Trollip had conducted consultations with Mbuso Thabethe of Mohlaleng media, and his chief of staff consulted the whistle-blower, without ever informing the forensic investigator.

"Trollip’s management of the Mohlaleng Media matter is atrocious: A void SLA attached to a non-existent contract has to date resulted in irregular expenditure of R21.8m. The source familiar with the investigation is aware that the mayor’s chief of staff, and therefore the mayor too, had been advised that criminal charges would be lodged against a senior official.

"The PwC investigation into Milongani and Litter Pickers did not reveal any findings against me, period. The draft report was received by city manager Johan Mettler who forwarded it to Trollip. The draft report was emailed in piecemeal format from the municipal email address “pamayor” to a personal Gmail address and “leaked” from this Gmail address to DA leader Mmusi Maimane and the Herald.

"Trollip lied in order to attempt absolute executive control by abolishing the office of deputy mayor. A coalition government metro without a deputy mayor sails desperately close to dictatorship.

"Trollip tricked council to remove me as deputy mayor," Bobani concluded.