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DA blames 'ANC corruption' for killings allegedly over Bay drain cleaning project

Jan 30, 2019
DA blames 'ANC corruption' for killings allegedly over Bay drain cleaning project

The Democratic Alliance (DA) says corruption involved with the non-payment of Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) employed through a drain cleaning project in Nelson Mandela Bay, "has now led to all-out war and killings in the City".

This comes after the murder of two SMME leaders. 

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, urged for calm and peace.

"This is a clear indication that the failing ANC’s corruption is killing our people," said Retief Odendaal Cllr - DA Nelson Mandela Bay Caucus Chairperson.

"The ANC-led coalition of corruption has, since it took power at end of August 2018, done its best the bleed the coffers of the Metro dry and eat the money that is meant to uplift the people of Nelson Mandela Bay."

He said that in December, the Municipality allocated work packages to the tune of R21 million to 945 SMMEs.

"Earlier this month, hundreds of people protested after SMMEs were not paid for work done.

"The violence broke out on Monday after it was earlier revealed that only a select few actually benefitted from the project," Odendaal added.

"Since then, Nelson Mandela Bay business people have lost their lives."

DA wants payments made during the drain cleaning project made public

He said that the DA on Tuesday tabled a motion of exigency at a meeting of the Municipal Public Account Committee (MPAC) to force Cllr Mongameli Bobani, Executive Mayor, and Peter Neilson, Acting City Manager, to immediately release to the public a report detailing all payments made by the Metro and the and its distribution of payments thereafter.

"This must be done in the interest of transparency and public interest given the volatile situation which has regrettably already led to loss of life," Odendaal explained.

"The ANC is harming and killing South Africa and many more will die because the ANC simply does not care about ordinary South Africans."

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