PORT ELIZABETH – Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Mongameli Bobani had a track record of purging municipal managers who pursued investigations into the Integrated Public Transport System (IPTS), dubbed the city’s biggest corruption scandal.
The allegation was made by the DA’s Athol Trollip, who was at the Humewood Police Station on Wednesday to lay charges of corruption against Bobani and former ANC regional secretary Zandisile Qupe.
Following damning media reports, Trollip claimed that Bobani and Qupe had been implicated in alleged fraud and corruption within the IPTS bus system and benefitted from public funds.
In 2013, Bobani applied to the Port Elizabeth High Court for the suspension of then city manager Dr. Lindiwe Msengana-Ndlela, accusing her of being unqualified for the job. The court dismissed the application and Bobani was responsible for costs.
Msengana-Ndlela, who was headhunted for the post, came with academic and extensive managerial experience both in provincial and national government. At the time she wanted to cancel a dubious contract, which had to do with the introduction of public transportation.
According to The Herald, Port Elizabeth attorney David Le Roux detailed in a statement how Nadia Gerwel, a