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Motion to oust Mayor Bobani over corruption allegations thrown out

By Afikile Lugunya - Nov 2, 2018
Motion to oust Mayor Bobani over corruption allegations thrown out

The motion to remove Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, was thrown out amid a tense special Council Meeting that was held in Despatch on Friday.

This followed after the African Christian Democratic Party's (ACDP) Lance Grootboom tabled the motion in the council. That is despite the motion being submitted late as per Council rules, which state that motions must be submitted at least five days prior to a sitting for them to be included on the agenda.

There was then a debate about whether the motion should be debated or not.

Cllr Siyasanga Sijadu of the Congress of the People (COPE) supported the motion to be discussed while the African National Congress (ANC); Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and the United Front (UF) did not want the motion to be debated.

The ANC's Andile Lungisa said that while the allegations against Mayor Bobani appeared in a local newspaper, the Hawks didn't admit or comment on the article -  and did not admitt if they are indeed investigating Bobani.

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).

Lungisa added that it is the same issue like when the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Eastern Cape Leader, Nqaba Bhanga, was in the papers where it was alleged that "he killed two school girls while he was driving a municipal car".

Bhanga took the matter personally and said that Lungisa was calling him a killer and he should withdraw or he will press charges.

There were stand-offs between Councillors at the Council Meeting:

Earlier on, there was also a tense stand-off between African National Congress (ANC) Councillor, Andile Mfunda, and Odendaal. Mfunda accused Odendaal of disrupting the meeting.

Meanwhile, another stand-off ensued between the National Chairperson of the Freedom Party, Vaughn Naidoo, and DA councillor, Johnny Arends.

The Naidoo said he will lay.a charge with the police after allegedly being manhandled at the meeting by Arends.

The council meeting continues...

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