DA wants Cogta to intervene in Nelson Mandela Bay administration

26 November 2018 - 13:54 By Siyamtanda Capa
DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga says Nelson Mandela Bay is being 'stolen' and needs to be placed under administration.
DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga says Nelson Mandela Bay is being 'stolen' and needs to be placed under administration.
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The DA in Nelson Mandela Bay wants minister of cooperative governance and traditional affairs (Cogta) Zweli Mkhize to intervene in the municipality by sending an administrator to take charge of the city’s administration.

This as city manager Johann Mettler is on suspension and the city is on its third acting city manager since Mettler was suspended in September.

DA Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga announced at a media briefing on Monday that the party would also be writing to Cogta MEC Fikile Xasa within the next 24 hours to ask for intervention in the metro.

Meanwhile, the DA announced it would be tabling motions of no confidence in mayor Mongameli Bobani, speaker Buyelwa Mafaya and chief whip Bicks Ndoni at the next ordinary council meeting on December 4.

This will be the DA's first attempt to remove Bobani since he took office. However, the party supported an earlier attempt by the ACDP and COPE to oust the mayor through a motion of exigency on November 2.

Bhanga said conversations with national leaders of other parties were under way to lobby support for their motion.

"We know that this coalition is on the brink of collapse and therefore we are going to mobilise residents, political parties and anyone who can support us because we can't allow the city to be stolen again," Bhanga said.

Bobani was not immediately available for comment.

- HeraldLIVE

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