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Mongameli Bobani faces his first motion of no confidence over alleged corruption

By Afikile Lugunya - Oct 31, 2018
Mongameli Bobani faces his first motion of no confidence over alleged corruption

The African Christian Democratic Party’s (ACDP) and the Congress of the People (COPE) have submitted a Motion of Exigency for the removal of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongamela Bobani, for debate on Friday.

This followed after allegations were 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).

Bobani has since been visited by the Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation (DPCI) also called the Hawks over the alleged suspect payments.

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

‘Bobani is severely compromised’

Lance Grootboom from ACDP and Siyasanga Sijadu from the COPE are of the view that Bobani is severely compromised and that he must be removed in order to ensure that the reputation of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and confidence in its Council is restored.

"The motion for his removal is due to the recent developments in the investigation in which Executive Mayor is implicated," Grootboom wrote in a statement.

"It is alleged that Bobani is linked to fraud, corruption and money laundering in the IPTS case where he allegedly received R664 000.00 from the IPTS funds.

"These damming allegations are contained in the Affidavit of the Priority Crimes Unit, Captain Henk Fourie."

Grootboom believes that the allegations are serious enough that Bobani should either step down or be removed by Council.

He added that his fear is that Bobani's face is at the forefront of the City and when his reputation is dented, then investments to the city could deteriorate.

"With this current cloud over his head it could have a negative impact in our city.

"Taxpayers money was abused in the city and any public representative that has been implicated in the IPTS case, must be removed from office."

Meanwhile Sijadu said: "Since Councillor Bobani will not do the honourable thing and fall on his sword, Council must remove him and restore faith in our Council.”

She added; “Council has taken a number of knocks in recent months and Bobani has been at the centre of these… he must go!"

The DA in Nelson Mandela Bay had also on Monday announced that it will be tabling a no confidence motion against Bobani over the alleged corruption.

It remains to be seen though if the opposition parties have enough numbers to see a motion against Bobani through.

At this point, success hinges other parties - including the Patriotic Alliance (PA), which lately seems to switch sides on a whim, and the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), supporting the motion. It seems highly unlikely that the African National Congress (ANC) would support the motion as they fill up the ranks of Bobani's Mayoral Committee ranks - unless, they also have a plan to get him out and replace him with one of their own as Executive Mayor.

Friday will be an interesting day...