An African National Congress (ANC) councillor from Nelson Mandela Bay was convicted on charges of fraud and money laundering in the Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court on Friday after he pocketed R20 000 of donation money meant for a nongovernmental organisation rendering services for the elderly.
Bongo Nombiba, a councillor for ward 20, was acquitted on two counts of corruption. His conviction is not likely to affect the ANC numbers in terms of a motion expected to be tabled at council by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on April 6 to remove Athol Trollip as the mayor of the Metro.
The ANC has already indicated they would support the motion sponsored by the EFF to get Trollip ousted from City Hall.
Sentencing proceedings for Nombiba is set to take place on April 26, and according to City Manager Johan Mettler, Nombiba’s employment as a ward councillor largely depends on the sentence to be passed down by the court.
“If he [Nombiba ] is sentenced to 12 months’ imprisonment without the option of a fine, he will automatically become ineligible to be a councillor,” Mettler said.
Mettler said the matter may also be referred to the Rules and Ethics Committee if the Code of Conduct has been transgressed.
The coalition government in the Metro, made up of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Congress of the People (COPE), and the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP), hold 59 seats of the total 120-members council.
The ANC together with the smaller opposition parties collectively hold 61 seats. In the last motion of