UDM heads to court over NMB deputy mayor ousting

File: UDM leader Bantu Holomisa is adamant that mayor Athol Trollip has a personal vendetta against Mongameli Bobani. Photo: Felix Dlangamandla / Pool / AFP

JOHANNESBURG - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is expected to file court papers on Wednesday afternoon, challenging the removal of Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani.

The party had planned to do this on Monday but missed the deadline.

It wants Bobani reinstated, but the DA, which leads the Metro's coalition government, refuses.

The DA accused Bobani of corrupt activities and hampering service delivery.

But, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa is adamant that mayor Athol Trollip has a personal vendetta against Bobani.

The DA said the UDM can simply replace Bobani with another councillor.

READ: NMB coalition remains intact: Holomisa

The UDM believes the court should have the final say on the matter.

The political fallout over Bobani's dismissal has put the Nelson Mandela Bay coalition in jeopardy.

DA leader Mmusi Maimane said he has not received any court papers.

"What would we say to the voters of South Africa if we said we’re shielding a person who we believe there are issues of corruption in their portfolio? What would we say to the voters when somebody votes with the opposition then they’re not in a coalition with the DA they’re in a coalition with Lungisa. Therefore for us, the issue is about principle…

"Mayor Mashaba here in Johannesburg is firing executives who there are cases against. If we’re willing to that in Johannesburg why should we not do it in Nelson Mandela Bay? We’re hypocrites."

 

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