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Mayor Mongameli Bobani faces ACDP and DA led motions of no confidence

Dec 4, 2018
Mayor Mongameli Bobani faces ACDP and DA led motions of no confidence

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, on Tuesday faces a second attempt by opposition parties to remove him through a motion of no confidence over alleged corruption and interference in the administration of the Metro.

Bobani took reins after the removal of the Democratic Alliance (DA) -led coalition government following the dramatic events that took place on the 27th of August.

He had led several motions of no confidence against then Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, of the DA.

Now he faces motions of no confidence of his own.

After failing to get its motion against Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, tabled before the last special Council Meeting, the DA is making another attempt.

That last meeting ended up in chaos and allegations of assault.

The DA's former coalition government partner, the African Christian Democratic Movement (ACDP) in the Bay, has already also re-submitted its own motion of no confidence against Bobani.

Allegations had been made that Mayor Bobani apparently pocketed hundreds of thousands of Rands through an alleged corrupt relationship with a service provider on the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS).

Besides motions of no confidence, parties pursuing criminal charges against Bobani

The DA also said it will be laying criminal charges against Bobani, and "his failing ANC-led coalition of corruption", after allegations of political interference in the awarding of contracts to companies surfaced in the media.

"It is illegal in terms of the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) to pay contractors before any work has been done," said Andrew Whitfield MPL - DA Eastern Cape Premier Campaign Spokesperson.

Last week, the ACDP's Lance Grootboom announced that his party will also bring criminal charges against Bobani.

Grootboom said in a statement that the ACDP are planning to lay criminal charges against Mayor Bobani for political interference in the administration.  

He said that the ACDP is of the view “that Cllr Bobani and his ruling Coalition’s instructions to Acting City Manager Peter Nielson to bring back all suspended staff charged with various charges including corruption and gross dereliction of duties [amounts] to political interference in the administration”.  

The DA also announced that it has written to Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Zweli Mkhize, to make a Section 154 intervention in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, after the appointment of Peter Neilson as Acting Municipal Manager.

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