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'It's a dark day for Nelson Mandela Bay' says DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga

Sep 20, 2018
'It's a dark day for Nelson Mandela Bay' says DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga

The Democratic Alliance (DA), which on Thursday again became the official opposition in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality just two years after it had assumed power in the 2016 municipal elections, said that it notes the judgment handed down in the Port Elizabeth High Court.

The Port Elizabeth High Court threw out a bid by ousted Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, to nullify the election of new Mayor, Mongameli Bobani.

The court ruling follows the dramatic events that unfolded at the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Council Meeting of 27 August, which later saw the ousting of Trollip, as Mayor, and the DA-led coalition government.

In Trollip’s place, opposition councillors, led by the African National Congress (ANC), elected Bobani and the ANC’s Tshonono Buyeye as his new Deputy.

Bobani subsequently announced an ANC-dominated Mayoral Committee.

‘DA respects PE High Court judgement’

“We respect the outcome and decision of the court,” said DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga, who is also the party’s candidate for Eastern Cape Premier in the 2019 General Elections.

“Today, is a dark day for Nelson Mandela Bay and its people who are now led by a coalition of the corrupt.

“The United Democratic Movement (UDM) and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) handed the City back to the failing African National Congress (ANC), which has no interest in the people.”

Bhanga said that the ANC is only interested in “maximum looting and minimum delivery and not putting the people of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality first”.

He once served the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as its MMC for Human Settlements before the events of 27 August.

“The UDM and EFF put their political interests first and care nothing for the well-being of the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.

“In 2017, we said we cannot work with the UDM and we cannot work with Cllr Mongameli Bobani,” Bhanga said.

“We were prepared then to go into a minority government, because we were not prepared to compromise our principles.

“In 2016 the voters of Nelson Mandela Bay removed the corrupt and failing ANC from office and placed their trust in the DA.”

Bhanga said that the DA accepts its role going forward as the official opposition.

“We will now fight from the opposition benches and hold this government to account. From the opposition benches we will ensure that corruption is stopped, access to jobs is opened and services are delivered,” he added.

“Only the DA can make sure that we keep making progress in Nelson Mandela Bay.”

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