Today the Democratic Alliance conducted oversight at the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS) bus Depot in Port Elizabeth and met with members of the Board of Directors of Spectrum Alert, the company managing the IPTS on behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.
The Democratic Alliance is proud of the fact that while we were in government we were able to operationalize the “still born” IPTS system, after years of delays by the previous government and billions of Rands that were lost to corruption.
The IPTS is part of the DA’s plans to redress the historical spatial legacies of inequality and create a transport system connecting residents to affordable and reliable access to opportunities. We believe it is imperative that every effort is made to safe-guard the system from political interference and collapse and ensure that the transport system remains operational and delivers a sustainable competent service to residents of Nelson Mandela Bay in partnership with the municipality.
Under the current coalition government, the successes of the IPTS are being undermined by the unlawful actions of certain individuals and political meddling of the ANC MMC for Roads and Transport.
Some of the challenges the system faces are:
- Corporate Governance issues that the current Board of Directors and new CEO are attempting to resolve with no apparent cooperation from the municipality.
- Strategic weekly underpayments from the NMBM resulting in an alleged backlog of R20million in outstanding invoices since April 2019.
- Financial Irregularities allegedly committed by the previous CEO such as Workmen’s compensation not being paid over and