JOHANNESBURG – The United Democratic Movement (UDM) is taking its coalition partner in the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality, the DA, to court on Monday to push for the reinstatement of Mongameli Bobani as deputy mayor.

UDM leader Bantu Holomisa said at the weekend that Bobani’s removal was driven by a personal vendetta on the part of DA mayor Athol Trollip.


He threatened to pull out of the coalition in the region if the DA did not allow Bobani to return.

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The DA and other coalition partners accuse Bobani of corruption and hampering service delivery.


DA national leader Mmusi Maimane has rejected Holomisa’s ultimatum.

Holomisa said that high on the agenda of the UDM court papers would be that procedures outlined in the municipality rules were not followed.

“We will also demand that the DA circulate the report to all the councillors, in particular where they have been parading as clean people and accusing the UDM member [Bobani, of being corrupt.  We therefore want them to table those reports and prove that there’s prima facia evidence [against him] as they’ve been claiming.”