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READ LETTER: Trollip asks Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to intervene in the Bay

Apr 18, 2019
READ LETTER: Trollip asks Public Protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to intervene in the Bay

Trollip accuses ANC-led coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay of gross mismanagement

Port Elizabeth -  Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, who is the Democratic Alliance's Federal Chairperson, on Thursday wrote to the Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane, expressing concern about how the Metro was being run and asked her intervene.

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is currently led by Trollip's former Deputy, Mongameli Bobani, of the United Democratic Movement (UDM), with support from his African National Congress (ANC) dominated Mayoral Committee.

However, the admnistration has been accused by the DA of failing the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay ever since it took office in August 2018.

In the letter to Mkhwebane, Trollip hilights continuos mismanagement, poor financial control, supply chain management irregularities as well as alleged political interference in administrative, human resource and legal matters as matters of concern.

"The issue that I raised in December around the termination of suspensions of municipal officials as well as the reinstatement of municipal officials, who were previously fired has now been implemented regardless of the merits of easch case and the costs incurred to date related to any and all their disciplinary processes and the relevant legal fees incurred," Trollip writes.

"In addition, the current Mayor and his Executive have also terminated the services of a firm of attorneys, namely Gray Moodliar Incorporated, who have been dealing with most of the human resource and disciplinary matters against municipal staff...

"This decision is irregular and will result in all expenses incurred o date being rendered fruitless and wasteful.

"All those responsible for these decisions should be held personally liable for this waste of public funds."

Trollip alleged that Bobani was defending these officials as a 'self-preservation' tactic.

He also said that the debacle also opens the door for tthe Metro to reinstate security company, Afrisec, who he says was the reason why the Mayor apparently faked an incident in which it is alleged an armed man walked into his office and demanded and RDP house.

Read the full letter here.

Trollip argues that ANC leaders admitted the coalition running the Bay is failing

Trollip said that he has not had any response from the Minister of Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Zweli Mkhize, and Eastern Cape MEC for Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa.

"This confirms my concern that their parochial alignment with the current coalition government renders them disinclined to intervene where the municipality is contravening the legislation and regulations related to local government and the PFMA," he wrote.

"It is pertinent to know that both the MEC for Finance in the Province, who is also the Provincial ANC Chairperson, Oscar Mabuyane, and the President, Cyril Ramaphosa, have both expressed themselves publicly with regard to their oncerns about the performance of the current executive in Nelson Mandela Bay."

While campaigning in the Bay last weekend, Ramaphosa noted that the current coalition government that is running the Bay is not working.

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