“There was no gun. I don’t own a gun and I don’t even have a gun licence.”
A Port Elizabeth man has identified himself as the individual who demanded a house from Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani during a meeting in the mayor’s office in February.
The man, Danisile Ngobo, vehemently denies pulling out a gun or making any references to a firearm.
Ngobo said he had an appointment with Bobani for February 25, with the meeting having ended on a good note.
He said the mayor even promised to have the relevant departments resolve his housing request.
In an article published in The Herald on February 27, Bobani alleged that on February 25, a mysterious man breezed through security guards and sat for several hours at City Hall waiting for an opportunity to speak to him.
Bobani alleged that the man pulled out a gun and showed it to him, also demanding the city give him a house.
Speaking at a media conference alongside DA councillors Athol Trollip, Nqaba Bhanga and John Best on Monday, Ngobo said he sat for hours outside Bobani’s office alongside his wife, Bongiswa.
Their daughter later joined them when they picked her up from school.
In a sworn affidavit, which he said he handed over to the metro police three days after the article was published, Ngobo – a former member of the SA National Defence Force – said that after his house burnt down, he made arrangements to see Bobani.
On the day of the incident, Ngobo said both he and his