Port Elizabeth, September 13 – United Democratic Movement (UDM) leader Bantu Holomisa has come out guns blazing once again in support of former Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor, Mongameli Bobani.
In a letter to Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane on Wednesday, Holomisa accused the DA of “dubiously” using a “draft report” by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to engineer Bobani’s exit.
Holomisa is demanding a public apology and for the DA to withdraw “unsubstantiated accusations” against Bobani.
“The DA based it’s whole concerted campaign to get rid of Cllr Bobani, and besmirching the good name of the UDM, on a document in which PwC had not expressed an opinion and it had been clear that the document was preliminary,” Holomisa’s letter read.
Contents of the draft report were published in local media over the weekend.
Bobani was axed from his post in a motion of no confidence last month after allegations emerged of corruption in the public health directorate, a department which was headed by Bobani at the time.
Since then Bobani was removed from the position by Mayor Athol Trollip. The Patriotic Alliance’s (PA) Marlon Daniels has since been earmarked to head up the department.
The motion of no confidence was brought by Daniels and was supported by the DA, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and Congress of the People (Cope).
It was opposed by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), the African Independent Congress (AIC) the UDM the ANC and the United Front.
Holomisa added that it was “suspicious” that Nelson Mandela Bay coalition partners and council had been kept in the dark on the contents of the draft report.
“Why were you, as a national leader of a political party, privy to this information at all? Is this a ‘municipality document’ or a ‘DA document’?”
Holomisa also disputed claims that Bobani had been voting against coalition partners and opted to vote with the ANC at council.
“Firstly, differing from the DA is not tantamount to voting with the ANC. Secondly your attention is drawn to our Co-Governance agreement, where it is clearly stated that, should coalition partners not agree on an agenda item, that item should be withdrawn for further discussion.
“Yet, your Executive Mayor Athol Trollip, did not honour this arrangement and forced items onto the council agenda,” Holomisa wrote.
The UDM is challenging Bobani’s axing at the Port Elizabeth High Court.
The matter is set down for September 19.