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Councillors to debate City Manager position, not motions against Bobani

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 2, 2018
Councillors to debate City Manager position, not motions against Bobani

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s special Council Meeting on Friday, which will commence at the NS Swanepoel Hall, in Dispatch, will see Council Meetings being rotated to all areas of the Bay.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council Speaker, Buyelwa Mafaya, said Council Meetings will rotate between the townships and the Northern Areas of Port Elizabeth.

Friday’s Special Council is expected to deal with two items, the appointment of a new Acting City Manager and the issue of the suspension of the City Manager.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality spokesperson, Mthubanzi Mniki, said that all these items will be discussed in a closed session.

However, he advised that the media will be made aware of the outcomes at a press briefing that will be held at the meeting venue.

Bobani survives another day…

Meanwhile, a bid by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality opposition parties to oust Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, over corruption allegations will not be heard on Friday.

Allegations were made that Mayor Bobani apparently pocketed hundreds of thousands of Rands through an alleged corrupt relationship with a service provider on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

Bobani has since been visited by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) also called the Hawks over the alleged suspect payments.

Bobani took reins after the removal of the Democratic Alliance (DA) -led coalition government following the dramatic events that took place on the 27th of August.

He had made led several motions of no confidence against then Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, of the DA.

According to Council rules, the motions that were submitted by the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), the Congress of the people (COPE) and the Democratic Alliance (DA) need five working days minimum for them to be put on the Council agenda.

The ACDP and COPE submitted their motion on Tuesdaywhich doesn't meet the requirements of the motion rules.

Meanwhile, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Wednesday afternoon announced that it had also launched a motion of no confidence against Bobani.

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