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Cracks in the DA-led coali­tion in the Nelson Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity have deep­ened, with the DA ac­cus­ing its coali­tion part­ner, the United Demo­cratic Move­ment (UDM), of har­bour­ing cor­rup­tion within its ranks af­ter it re­fused to re­move deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani from his po­si­tion.

So se­ri­ous is the fight that the DA in­tends pass­ing a mo­tion of no con­fi­dence on Bobani, to be de­bated in coun­cil next week.

In a tit-for-tat move, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa has threat­ened not only to pull out of the coali­tion over its “aparthei­d­style dirty tricks” but also to raise a coun­ter­mo­tion against mayor Athol Trol­lip.

The mo­tion on Bobani comes a week af­ter op­po­si­tion par­ties marked ex­actly a year since they dis­lodged the gov­ern­ing ANC from three ma­jor met­ros: Jo­han­nes­burg and Tsh­wane in Gaut­eng and Nelson Man­dela Bay in the East­ern Cape.

Speak­ing to City Press this week, DA leader Mmusi Maimane said the sit­u­a­tion with Bobani had be­come un­ten­able and that a pre­lim­i­nary in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the deputy mayor showed prima fa­cie ev­i­dence of cor­rup­tion.

Ten­sions be­tween Bobani and Trol­lip have been go­ing on for months. They came to a head when Trol­lip axed Bobani as MMC for pub­lic health ear­lier this year.

Maimane said the DA had re­peat­edly ap­pealed to the UDM na­tional lead­er­ship to re­place Bobani with an­other can­di­date, but the party re­fused to do so, sig­nalling a tol­er­ance for cor­rup­tion which in­fringed upon the coali­tion agree­ment.

“As the DA, we are se­ri­ous about deal­ing with cor­rup­tion,” said Maimane.

“We want the Nelson Man­dela Bay mu­nic­i­pal­ity to work. The African Chris­tian Demo­cratic Party and oth­ers have writ­ten a let­ter re­quest­ing us to take ac­tion against Bobani. It is not just us,” he said.

“Bantu [Holomisa] is driv­ing some racist nar­ra­tive be­cause he knows he has no case. We agreed at the last lead­ers’ meet­ing that this guy must go be­cause there was prima fa­cie ev­i­dence that there was cor­rup­tion there. Why pro­tect one per­son at the ex­pense of a na­tional pro­ject?” Maimane said.

But Holomisa said the DA “can go jump”.

“If it’s a fight they want, they must bring it on.”

In a let­ter emailed to the other coali­tion part­ners – and also copied to Eco­nomic Free­dom Fight­ers leader Julius Malema – on Thurs­day, Holomisa did not mince his words, telling the DA to bring ev­i­dence of wrong­do­ing first.

“We are still wait­ing for Trol­lip’s promised in­ves­ti­ga­tion find­ings against Bobani. If this is the DA’s style of gov­er­nance, the UDM might have to re­view its par­tic­i­pa­tion in this coali­tion ar­range­ment. We can­not tol­er­ate be­ing tossed around by the DA.

“The DA signed an agree­ment with the coun­cil­lor from the Pa­tri­otic Al­liance and promised him the post of deputy mayor. The same poor chap is used by the DA to move a vote of no con­fi­dence against Bobani.

“This is what you call dirty tricks sim­i­lar to the old apartheid tac­tics, which were used to spite blacks against each other. Shame!” In the same let­ter, Holomisa ar­gued that Bobani and Trol­lip had both been found by a coali­tion in­ves­ti­ga­tion team not to have con­ducted them­selves in a proper man­ner – “but the DA’s big brother men­tal­ity” un­der­mined the coali­tion pro­cesses of deal­ing with the two men.

Holomisa was also un­happy about the DA’s uni­lat­eral de­ci­sion to con­vene press brief­ings with­out coali­tion part­ners about the progress made by three met­ros since the coali­tion gov­ern­ment took them over from the ANC.

He said this un­der­mined the spirit of the coali­tion agree­ment. “So, the UDM’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Jo­han­nes­burg and Nelson Man­dela Bay coali­tion will be re­viewed as soon as pos­si­ble,” he warned. But Maimane de­nied that the DA’s probe on Bobani and its ef­forts to re­move him from the coun­cil would cause cracks in the coali­tion and po­ten­tially de­rail it. “This is not about the coali­tion,” said Maimane.

“The coali­tion is strong and we agree at a na­tional level. This is about tack­ling cor­rup­tion as some­thing we had all agreed upon when we got into the agree­ment.”

Holomisa sug­gested that the DA would not come close to get­ting the re­quired ma­jor­ity to kick Bobani out. “He is not go­ing any­where.”

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Baleka Mbete has yet to say whether the bal­lot will be se­cret or not. The did not give her a date by which she had to make her de­ci­sion known.

Con­sti­tu­tional Court

The court, in its rul­ing on June 22, said she had the dis­cre­tion to de­cide whether the vote should be se­cret or not. It should how­ever not be an ar­bi­trary de­ci­sion, but meet the test of ra­tio­nal­ity

Ac­cord­ing to the Con­sti­tu­tion, Pres­i­dent and his whole cab­i­net and all deputy min­is­ters must re­sign

Ja­cob Zuma

News24 and OpenUp de­vel­oped a tool to en­able South Africans to con­tact a mem­ber of Par­lia­ment (MP), in or­der to tell them which way to vote.

A whop­ping of the peo­ple who sent emails to MPs, asked that the mo­tion of no con­fi­dence in Zuma be sup­ported



Once Zuma has re­signed, speaker Baleka Mbete be­comes the act­ing pres­i­dent

She will have all the re­spon­si­bil­i­ties, pow­ers and func­tions of the pres­i­dent

She must also un­der­take an oath or af­fir­ma­tion of faith­ful­ness to the Repub­lic and obe­di­ence to the Con­sti­tu­tion




DA’s Mmusi Maimane

UDM’s Bantu Holomisa

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