Bobani upbeat despite case being struck from the roll

2017-09-19 14:23
Mongameli Bobani in court after the case was dismissed with costs. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

Mongameli Bobani in court after the case was dismissed with costs. (Derrick Spies, News24 Correspondent)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Port Elizabeth – Axed deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani was upbeat, despite having his application to be reinstated struck from the roll in the Eastern Cape High Court in Port Elizabeth on Tuesday.

Addressing the media after the decision, Bobani said he would be refiling his application as the "truth must prevail".

Bobani said he would still be attending the council meeting on Thursday, as even though he was no longer deputy mayor, he was still an elected councillor. 

"I am a councillor; I will be in council on Thursday," he said.

READ: Bobani: Urgent application struck from roll with costs

Hugs and kisses in court

Before court proceedings began, Bobani, who was sitting in the front row, got up and embraced Patriotic Alliance councillor, Marlon Daniels and tried to kiss him, as he was walking past. 

Questioned about it afterwards, Bobani said he had no feelings of animosity towards Daniels or any of the other councillors.

Daniels said that he had been surprised by Bobani's affections shown towards him.

"I was taken by surprise really when he grabbed me, hugged me and kissed me, but don't forget, Judas also kissed Jesus."

Daniels, who brought the motion of no confidence against Bobani - which led to the deputy mayors axing last month, said he was pleased with the outcome from today's court proceedings.

"We put our trust in the court of law and if it is that we were in the wrong, then the court must rule against us, and the reverse also applies. If we have done what we were supposed to do, then the court must rule in our favour."

"I am not surprised by the ruling of Judge [Dayalin] Chetty this morning," he said.

ANC shows support for Bobani

ANC caucus leader for Nelson Mandela Bay, Bicks Ndoni, who was present to show support for Bobani said they would now challenge the proceedings at a political level through council.

"By and large this is a political matter. The court has ruled that the matter is not urgent so we must pursue this matter on a political level," he said.

Ndoni said the ANC would be present at Thursday's council meeting, contrary to rumours that the opposition parties were planning a stay away.

With the removal of Bobani, and subsequent loss of the UDM support in the Metro, the coalition, which now includes the PA, currently only has 60 seats in council.

Should the other parties stay away, the municipality will not be able to reach a quorum of 61 councillors, and would not be able to proceed.

Ndoni said they would be in council to discuss certain matters, but should issues be raised that they did not agree with, nothing would stop them from walking out, as they had done during the vote of no confidence against Bobani in the last sitting.


Read more on:    anc  |  udm  |  mongameli bobani  |  port elizabeth  |  courts  |  politics

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
ADVERTORIAL
Competition regulation for a growing and inclusive economy

ADVERTORIAL: The Competition Commission of South Africa is conducting advocacy work in the South African automotive aftermarket industry and has gazetted a Draft Code of Conduct for public comment.

/News
Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.