South African oppostition party United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa looks on during a joint press conference with other leaders of opposition parties on April 20, 2017, Johannesburg. Photo: MUJAHID SAFODIEN / AFP
JOHANNESBURG - The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is taking its coalition partner in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, the DA, to court on Monday to push for the reinstatement of Mongameli Bobani as deputy mayor.
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said at the weekend that Bobani's removal was driven by a personal vendetta on the part of DA mayor Athol Trollip.
. It would be better to implement the last word from the courts rather than DA's propaganda ambitions against Bobani— Bantu Holomisa (@BantuHolomisa) August 26, 2017
He threatened to pull out of the coalition in the region if the DA did not allow Bobani to return.
The DA and other coalition partners accuse Bobani of corruption and hampering service delivery.
Over the last 9 months, we have implored Mr Holomisa to redeploy Mr Bobani to another position - @JAMESSELFE3— DA Eastern Cape (@DAEasternCape) August 25, 2017
Mr Holomisa must not prioritise Mr Bobani at the expense of the millions who have put their faith in the coalition government - @JAMESSELFE3— DA Eastern Cape (@DAEasternCape) August 25, 2017
Holomisa said that high on the agenda of the UDM court papers would be that procedures outlined in the municipality rules were not followed.
"We will also demand that the DA circulate the report to all the councillors, in particular where they have been parading as clean people and accusing the UDM member [Bobani, of being corrupt. We therefore want them to table those reports and prove that there’s prima facia evidence [against him] as they’ve been claiming."