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Trollip writes to Public Protector to investigate Bobani's administration

Dec 12, 2018
Trollip writes to Public Protector to investigate Bobani's administration

Former Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, says on Tuesday, he wrote to the Public Protector, Ms Busisiwe Mkhwebane, to give urgent attention to financial mismanagement, misconduct and possible financial offences in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

Read Trollip's letter to Mkhwebane here.

"The current ANC-led coalition of corruption is transgressing many legislated requirements and flouting basic requirements when it comes to financial management," Trollip said.

"In my letter, I made specific reference to the transgression of the following legislation, the 'Municipal Regulation on financial misconduct procedures and criminal proceedings' and also offences as it pertains to the Municipal Finance Management Act."

Trollip, who is the Democratic Alliance's (DA) Federal Chairperson, highlighted two issues of major concern:

  • A proposal to suspend all suspensions of municipal staff;
  • An item brought to the Council whereby the new administration seeks to amend an approved business plan related to the Municipality’s intention to borrow R700 million. This loan is to be put to use for the augmentation of water and the prevention of unnecessary loss of water and other urgent infrastructure and energy related projects. Some of the requests in this proposed item are that R100 million be used to provide bulk infrastructure to an unbudgeted new housing development at Florida Heights, and that R45 million be used for “festive season events”, when R4 million has already been allocated for this purpose in the current budget.

Trollip says situation at Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality 'extremely unstable'

"The situation in Nelson Mandela Bay is extremely unstable especially as there have already been three acting City Managers since the failing ANC-led coalition of corruption took over government on 27 August 2018," he said.

"I have therefore also sent this letter to the Ministers of Finance and Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) and the EC MEC’s for Finance, Oscar Mabuyane and COGTA, Fikile Xasa, for their urgent attention."

Trollip said that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, under the collective leadership of Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani and Cllr Andile Lungisa "and their coalition of corruption, seems hell bent on irregularly enriching themselves and unlawfully reinstating their corrupt and criminal friends".

He said that during the DA-led coalition’s two years in government great strides where made to turn the fortunes of the City around.

"More public money was freed up to spend on delivering services to all. Nelson Mandela Bay had a R615 million surplus – its best financial position in over a decade, cancelled corrupt contracts to the tune of R650 million and opened tender adjudication processes to the public," he described.

"The DA-led administration tripled the number of EPWP jobs in the Metro .

"Almost 10 000 bucket toilets were eradicated and the administration ensured 12 000 residents received running water and flush toilets in their homes for the first time."

Democratic Alliance has made attempts to remove Bobani over allegations of corruption and interference

Last week, the DA failed in a move to get Bobani at least investigated by Council over a raft of allegations

The meeting was characterised by heated exchanges and screaming battles between Councillors at the Jebe Nangoza Hall, in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. 

The DA said Bobani had recently been implicated in the series allegations of corruption in respect of the IPTS in the Nelson Mandela Bay.

In November, the DA also wrote to Minister for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta), Zweli Mkhize, to make a Section 154 intervention in the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, after the appointment of Peter Neilson as Acting Municipal Manager.

The party also said it will be laying criminal charges against Bobani, and "his failing ANC-led coalition of corruption", after allegations of political interference in the awarding of contracts to companies surfaced in the media.

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