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Trollip must swallow his pride, we're not in coalition as a favour: Holomisa

MAY 17, 2017
Trollip must swallow his pride, we're not in coalition as a favour: Holomisa

In the wake of the sacking of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Deputy Mayor, Mongameli Bobani, by Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, over alleged maladministration, United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader, Bantu Holomisa, has hit back at Trollip saying Bobani is going nowhere yet.

The UDM is part of a coalition led by the Democratic Alliance (DA) following the booting out of the African National Congress (ANC) in last year's Local Government Elections.

On Tuesday, Trollip announced that he had sacked Bobani as the political head of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's Health Directorate

He said that the Directorate has been of concern for a number a months given serious allegations of maladministration and impropriety, all of which are being investigated.

"Furthermore, Cllr Bobani's public behaviour and conduct has been unacceptable as a member of my Mayoral Committee and not consistent with what is expected of a Deputy Mayor," Trollip said.

"I have attempted on numerous occasions to address Cllr Bobani's conduct through the UDM's National Leadership. Cllr Bobani has gone too far with his continued unsubstantiated defamatory remarks, spurious public statements and recently laid criminal charges against senior executive administrators."

Speaking to ANN7 on Wednesday morning, Holomisa said that the national leadership of the DA and the UDM has been dealing with the allegations and counter-allegations between Trollip and Bobani.

He said that the UDM leadership called Bobani to hear his side of the story and have been in contact with DA leader, Mmusi Maimane, over the matter. 

Holomisa said that it was agreed to converne a meeting with all the leadership in the DA-led coalition - including from the ACDP, COPE, EFF, FF+ and others, to find a solution to the tension between the two men.

"[However] Mr Maimane did not respond to us, but Mr James Selfe responded on his behalf giving us an ultimatum that if we do not replace this genteman [Bobani] by the 16th of May, they would take action and remove him from the municipality," he said.

"We responded to them and rejected that unilateral decision because when we signed the coalition agreement, we said that whenever there will be a disagreement, it must be escalated to that level of multi-lateral discussions.

"So, we proposed a meeting among the leaders - ACDP said yes; Maimane said yes; COPE said yes; I said yes; FF+ said yes; so we should be having that meeting as soon we find a suitable date."

He said that the UDM does not want to get involved in substantive issues, but wants to follow the agreement that was signed with the DA.

"We are all committed to this coaltion; we are part of the coalition and we knew that along the way, there will be challenges. Hence, we put in place that mechanism of escalating issues to the national level. And if there is still disagreement, we may have to go back to what we agreed - myself and Maimane."

Holomisa said that Trollip acted alone.

"There is no doubt that this decision is unilateral and he seems to treat the UDM and other parties - I guess, that we are there on their favour. He should be reminded that the DA did not win the municipality - neither the ANC did, it's the smaller parties that hold the keys," he described.

"We agreed that when there are problems, these are the steps that we will follow - so he must just swallow his pride."