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Holomisa demands DA and Trollip apologise for tarnishing Bobani's name

May 30, 2018
Holomisa demands DA and Trollip apologise for tarnishing Bobani's name

United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa, on Tuesday said that his party and its Regional Chairperson, Mongameli Bobani, have been vindicated of any alleged wrong-doing.

Holomisa said that the PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) comprehensive report has shown that Milongani Eco-Consulting had been paid millions and millions of ratepayers’ money.

"[However], Bobani’s name is not even mentioned in the report," he said in a statement.

"For the record, Milongani was appointed in the African National Congress’ era and now City Manager, Johann Mettler had authorised the payments to this company long before Bobani took office.

"Our accusers, detractors and defamers who had said that the UDM condoned corruption should be ashamed."

The report was used to remove Bobani from his position as Nelson Mandela Bay Deputy Executive Mayor and from being the political leader of the Public Health Directorate last year.

Holomisa said that the Democratic Alliance (DA) and its Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, now need to explain "why it used the so-called draft report to tarnish the UDM’s good name and also at that time, not mentioned Bobani’s name".

"They need to explain why the draft report landed in DA Leader Mmusi Maimane’s briefcase before everyone else (including council) saw it. Maimane must answer for the claim he made that there had been prima facie evidence that Bobani was part and parcel of this wasteful expenditure. Where is this evidence?" Holomisa said.

"Given the situation, the DA and its leaders should eat some humble pie and do the right thing.

"This Party and its Executive Mayor Athol Trollip should publicly apologise to the UDM and Bobani. Maimane should also publicly apologise for dragging my good name through the mud."

He said also accused the media of having dropped its standards, as well as its journalism ethics responsibility for shoddy reporting on this matter.

"We hope that the DA voters in the NMBM has the wool removed from their eyes and that they now see the DA for what it is. A party that is willing to go so far as to use a dirty tricks campaign to discredit its coalition partner. The UDM was not the only target of the DA’s, as Patricia De Lille can attest to; should you differ from the boys’ club you are in for a rough ride."

On Monday, Bobani said he was preparing to sue Trollip and Maimane for defamation.

He previously insisted that no one has been able to prove his alleged involvement in any corruption at City Hall and while he has declared his innocence, his name was continually dragged through the mud.

Bobani says the allegations of corruption made against him by Trollip were extreme and serious accusations, which he has claimed the Mayor and forensic investigators have failed to prove.