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DA alleges looting on Nelson Mandela Bay's IPTS, laying charges

Mar 12, 2019
DA alleges looting on Nelson Mandela Bay's IPTS, laying charges

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Nelson Mandela Bay and former Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, will on Wednesday lay criminal charges against current Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, and African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Executive Committee (PEC) Member, Zandisile Qupe.

The charges are pertaining to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS). 

"Over the past decade the DA has been at the forefront of fighting and exposing grand scale looting of IPTS funding," the party said.

"The charges against Mayor Bobani and Mr Qupe relate to fraud and corruption.

"A DA government will fight corruption to ensure that money meant for the people will be spent on the people and anyone found guilty of corruption be sentenced to 15 years in jail."

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality IPTS 

The Metro's IPTS has had a bumpy ride since its launch in a pilot project for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Allegations were that over a billion of taxpayers' monies were siphoned off the project and several companies were implicated in the scandal.

The Metro's previously stagnant IPTS was rolled out by the then DA-led coalition government last year.

Late last year, it emerged that the Hawks had visited the Nelson Mandela Bay over alleged corruption on the IPTS since the current ANC-led administration took over.

"Under the failing African National Congress (ANC) government, R2.5 billion of the people’s money was wasted on an IPTS that never got off the ground," said DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga, then.

"The DA calls on Mayor Mongameli Bobani and the failing ANC-led coalition of corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality to stand up and be counted.

Problems on Bay's IPTS continue

This year, the DA wrote to Acting Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality City Manager, Peter Neilson, saying that the party was concerned that the appointment of Seki Mandaba as project manager on the IPTS could expose the Metro to adverse risk.

Bhanga said that the DA is also of the opinion that the appointment of a project manager "without the necessary skills and experience could severely compromise the future of the project".

"It is our understanding that both the Department of Transport as well as National Treasury are extremely concerned about this appointment and have already approached your good office for advices on Ms Mandaba’s qualifications.," he said.

"Given the fact that National Treasury has in the past intimated that they will not hesitate to put a stop to the funding of this project and to recover (claw back) all wasteful expenditure through our equitable share should we fail to adhere to their advices."

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