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DA coalition claims Bobani administration refused to meet CoGTA intervention team

Sep 3, 2018
DA coalition claims Bobani administration refused to meet CoGTA intervention team

The Democratic Alliance (DA)-led coalition, which includes the Congress of the People (COPE); the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP);  and the Patriotic Alliance (PA), has accused new Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani's administration of snubbing a meeting with a intervention delegation from the national Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA).

According to the coalition's Cllr Retief Odendaal, the local African National Congress (ANC), the United Democratic Movement (UDM) and other smaller parties "have given one of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet ministers the middle finger". 

"By choosing not to meet with a delegation from the national Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA), the illegitimate government in Nelson Mandela Bay is now more isolated, irrelevant and paranoid than ever," he described.

 "An ANC Councillor even went as far as to allegedly refer to the delegation as 'spies of the minister'.

"National COGTA has established a task team, led by Deputy Director General, Mr Themba Fosi, to investigate the illegal continuation of a council meeting that took place on 27 August 2018." 

Odendaal said that the delegation flew into Nelson Mandela Bay on Friday and "was shocked to hear, from a number of coalition government councillors, including myself, what had transpired in council that Monday".

"We expect that a report will be prepared based on the findings of this task team and that the Minister will be briefed accordingly.

"We support Cogta Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize’s intervention and urge the Minister to put an immediate end to this illegal occupation of City Hall," he added.

In the meantime, the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition on Friday filed high court papers requesting a legal review of what it believes to have been a set of illegal decisionswhich resulted in Bobani's new administration.

"Athol Trollip is the real Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay. It is under Mayor Trollip’s Leadership that this Metro has started to see change," Odendaal said.

"Only the coalition government can take Nelson Mandela Bay forward."