Port Elizabeth – Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor, Athol Trollip announced his new mayoral committee on Wednesday morning, which the ANC criticised as being white and male-dominated.
The committee has 14 positions, including Trollip, deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani, who also holds the position of public health, and speaker Jonathan Lawack.
The other committee members are Retief Odendaal – budget and treasury; Annette Lovemore – infrastructure and engineering; Rano Kayser – roads and transport; Andrew Whitfield – economic development, tourism and agriculture; Siyasanga Sijadu – sports, recreation, arts and culture; Dean Biddulph – corporate services; Shirley Sauls – constituency services; John Best – safety and security; Nqaba Bhanga – human settlements; and Lance Grootboom – municipal public accounts.
“This team of highly-skilled councillors includes members of our coalition partners,” said Trollip.
Bobani is UDM leader in the city, while Sijadu is Cope leader in Nelson Mandela Bay. Both parties formed a coalition with the DA to create a multi-party government after the August 3 local government elections.
ANC regional spokesperson Gift Ngqondi said having only two women in the mayoral committee was an indictment to the Constitution and to the rights of women. It was a male-dominated, white mayoral committee, he said.
There are in fact three women on the committee: Lovemore, Sijadu, and Sauls.
Trollip said he would apply to Eastern Cape co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Fikile Xasa, to establish committees with appointed chairpersons, to facilitate effective oversight of the executive.
“In the past there has been a blurring of lines of responsibility and authority between the executive, the council and the administration. This allowed for a breakdown in accountability, which in turn led to an overbearing dominance of the executive,” he said.
Trollip said the new administration planned to secure considerable savings through the trimming of a “bloated bureaucracy of political appointments”. Some of the savings would be used to fund the committees, to ensure better service delivery and accountability.