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DA unmoved by lawsuit, says UDM failed to rein in Bobani for months

Sep 1, 2017
DA unmoved by lawsuit, says UDM failed to rein in Bobani for months

The Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape on Friday hit back at the United Democratic Movement's (UDM) claims that due process was not taken when its councillor, Mongameli Bobani, was sacked as Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Executive Mayor.

The UDM on Thursday filed an interdict against Bobani's ouster in the Port Elizabeth High Court and demanded that he be reinstated. In a statement after papers were filed at the court, UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa, made wide-ranging accusations against the DA and accused Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, the DA's Athol Trollip, of spearheading the campaign against Bobani with the backing of DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, and DA Federal Chairperson, James Selfe.

"In 16 separate letters, spanning over 48 pages, Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Cllr Athol Trollip comprehensively details the erratic and suspect behavior of Cllr Bobani," said Nqaba Bhanga - DA Eastern Cape Provincial Leader.

Bhanga is also the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Mayoral Commitee Member for Human Settlements.

"With the first letter written on 25 January 2017, United Democratic Movement (UDM) President Bantu Holomisa has received every piece of correspondence since then, along with substantiating evidence. Despite these sincere and measured requests, the UDM President has failed to act," he said.

"From refusing to remove official vehicle blue lights, voting repeatedly against the DA-led coalition, meeting with suspended officials accused of corruption, interfering in senior management appointments, requesting officials to make irregular payments, as well as arranging protests against the coalition government, Cllr Bobani turned his back on the people of Nelson Mandela Bay a long time ago.

"Worse still, this behavior has been endorsed by Bantu Holomisa through his refusal to take any action. It is inexplicable that Bobani has been protected, despite this very concerning behaviour and evidence in this regard."

Bhanga said that the priority of this the DA-led NMB coalition government is to improve service delivery, stop corruption and grow the economy to create jobs.

"Anyone standing in the way of this effort rejects the very mandate entrusted to the metro to effect change. People like this must be removed, just like the corrupt ANC was removed at last year’s election.

"Council’s resolution to remove Cllr Bobani from the position of Deputy Executive Mayor is in the interest of taking Nelson Mandela Bay forward. This will be defended in court," he added.

"These difficult decisions are taken by Leaders who consistently choose to put residents first.

"DA-led governments remain committed in delivering clean and honest governance, whether or not we are in coalition.

"We will continue to put the interests of the people first, and make sure their government works hard to realise a better life for all."

Watch how Mongameli Bobani was booted out: