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Trollip: 'Mongameli Bobani the most destructive Mayor in Nelson Mandela Bay's history'

Dec 5, 2019
Trollip: 'Mongameli Bobani the most destructive Mayor in Nelson Mandela Bay's history'

Port Elizabeth - The Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay on Thursday welcomed the removal of the United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Mongameli Bobani, as executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

"In his fifteen months in office Bobani has been the most destructive mayor that this Metro has ever seen, and has single-handedly run this City into the ground. It comes as no surprise that every other party present voted to remove him," said DA Nelson Mandela Bay Caucus Chairperson, Athol Trollip.

Trollip and Bobani wer once Mayor and Deputy Mayor respectively following a coalition between the DA and UDM that was meant to ensure the African National Congress (ANC) would not oust them after its defeaat in the 2016 Local Government Elections.

However, Trollip and Bobani soon had a fall out resulting in Trollip firing Bobani from the Metro's Health portfolio. After months of accusations and counter-accusations, Bobani was ousted as Deputy Mayor in August 2017.

Bobani then went after Trollip and managed to get the DA-led coalition government ousted in August 2018 with the help of the ANC and other parties. Bobani took Trollip's former post as Mayor.

Since then, the DA and its then coalition partners, tried and failed several times to remove Bobani from his post as Mayor citing corruption and mismanagement. This culminated in the events of Thursday when all the major parties in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Council - including his coalition partners, agreed to remove him

'Mongameli Bobbani was the worst Mayor in the Bay's history'

According to Trollip; "The question still needs to be asked at a national level why UDM leader, Bantu Holomisa, who has a reputation for fighting corruption, did and said nothing against Bobani’s reign of terror in Nelson Mandela Bay."

He said under Bobani’s watch:

  • National Treasury has threatened to withdraw and recall in excess of R3-billion in funds made available since the inception of the IPTS conditional grant allocation, because these funds have been used outside the framework stipulated in the Division of Revenue Act (DoRA).
  • The Hawks have raided his mayoral offices twice, which is unprecedented.
  • SMME’s have literally gone to war over a dubious drain cleaning tender, with people losing their lives.
  • Bobani refused to sign the drought declaration for months, while taps across the Metro ran dry and dam levels continued to drop.
  • He spun in his mayoral chair, while service delivery in the Metro ground to a halt.
  • The City is dirty, as refuse is not being collected on a regular basis and illegal dumping is a massive problem.

Trollip added that this is in sharp contrast to the 24 months where the DA led coalition was in charge, with a host of successes, including among others:

  • The City was financially liquid with over R2 billion in the bank and received a AAA credit rating;
  • Achieved annual financial statements that indicate the administration has achieved record levels of spending in the financial year 2017/18;
  • Boasted one of the best Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) spending performances in the country at 100%;
  • Tripled the number of annual jobs created by the EPWP (Expanded Public Works Program); and
  • won environmental prizes in 2017 and 2018 for our efforts at cleaning up the city

"Now that Bobani has been removed, hopefully we can return to putting the people of Nelson Mandela Bay first."

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