The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality has become a “paralysed gangster state” ruled by fear and the threat of violence under Executive Mayor, Cllr Mongameli Bobani, and his ANC/UDM/EFF coalition of corruption.
The blatant corruption, maladministration, collapse of service delivery and governance has left the Democratic Alliance (DA) with no alternative than to turn to President Cyril Ramaphosa and the national and provincial governments, and to call for the Metro to be saved through implementing section 139 of the Constitution of South Africa.
The Eastern Cape Premier, Oscar Mabuyane, and the provincial executive (PEC) last week confirmed the issuing of a formal notice in respect of Section 139 to the Metro.
Section 139 in its various forms allows the provincial government to take over the administration of a local government or in extreme cases, dissolve a dysfunctional council. It is the first time in the history of our post democratic dispensation that such a notice is issued to a metropolitan municipality.
A notice of intent to implement section 139 has already been served on the Metro by the EC MEC of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), Xolile Nqatha, and we now urge the provincial government, with the assistance of the national department of CoGTA, to immediately proceed with placing the City under administration.
The Bobani administration was given a deadline of two weeks to reply to the MEC, but this was ignored. Despite this CoGTA has failed to take any action.
Previous ANC government administration interventions in the Makana and Enoch Mgijima Municipalities have proven