We are not going to jump because Trollip says so - Holomisa

2017-08-04 17:16
UDM leader Bantu Holomisa (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa (Deaan Vivier, Netwerk24)

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Cape Town – Bantu Holomisa will not act against Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor and UDM councillor Mongameli Bobani merely because Mayor Athol Trollip wants him to.

Trollip had not presented him with anything tangible against Bobani, the United Democratic Movement leader said at a National Press Club briefing in Cape Town on Friday.

"We are not going to jump because Trollip says so," Holomisa said. Trollip said on Thursday that he was disappointed that Holomisa had not done anything about Bobani.

He accused Bobani of creating instability in the DA-led coalition government in the metro. The coalition includes Cope and the ACDP.

He said he had tried, but failed, to resolve his disputes with Bobani on several occasions.

He said Holomisa had committed to resolving the tension between the two men, but had failed to show up to the metro for meetings.

"He made a commitment to come and sort it out. He hasn't," Trollip said.

A vote of no confidence would be tabled against Bobani next Thursday.

"There is no guarantee with a vote of no confidence. However, it's a statement that what you are doing is not acceptable, it's holding us back."

Trollip said he believed the city would be run better without Bobani.

Holomisa said Bobani had supported the metro’s budget and had the right to question some transactions which Trollip was trying to get approved.

In May, Bobani was asked to leave a council meeting after he accused Trollip of being dishonest.

The tension between Trollip and Bobani, over staff appointments and governance, have caused headaches for DA leader Mmusi Maimane. Interventions by Holomisa and Maimane have proved fruitless.

On May 22, the DA withdrew an ultimatum to the UDM for it to remove Bobani as deputy mayor.

Trollip also rescinded his decision, taken on May 16, to remove Bobani from his position as health MMC.

At the time, Trollip said Bobani’s public behaviour and conduct as an MMC were unacceptable and inconsistent with what was expected of a deputy mayor.

Both parties resolved to make peace and form a small committee of members of each party in the coalition to discuss their problems.

Read more on:    da  |  udm  |  athol ­trollip  |  bantu holomisa

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