CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Trollip said that this was due to “strategic weekly underpayments from the municipality”. Trollip revealed after a recent inspection that allegedly, all payments of invoices were stopped because of alleged non-compliance issues. He said that this was despite these compliance issues having existed for some time under the previous CEO and these never having been an issue affecting payments previously. “Any payments thus made while these compliance issues existed must be declared as irregular expenditure by the Municipality. “These alleged non-compliance issues have apparently been resolved, yet payment was still withheld and workers were allegedly threatened by the MMC and IPTS manager that they would not be paid wages. “Also, the vehicle conditions are deteriorating and the outstanding monies owed, making it impossible to effectively meet the maintenance obligations,” Trollip said. The PE Express posted a poll on Facebook last week, asking residents if they are making use of the IPTS buses or other transport. Out of more than a 100 votes, residents in the metro choose to use other means of transport, while only a few residents use the IPTS bus services. Baron said that at least 16 buses were required to ensure that the Cleary Park route functioned optimally. There is also a process in place for the purchasing of buses for Phase 1B (KwaNobuhle to Uitenhage CBD).