DA councilors who defected to the ruling African National Congress (ANC) have debunked the rumor that they were bribed to join the party.
The seven former DA councilors from Nelson Mandela Bay who defected to the ANC last month, denied the allegation by the media that mayor Danny Jordaan ordered the municipality’s payroll division to continue paying their salaries.
Report has it that Danny Jordaan instructed that the seven defectors be placed on Mandela Bay municipal payroll, as a way of compensating them for the jobs they lost to their former party.
Speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, ANC PR councilor candidate, Knight Mali, rubbished the media report saying they were all “smears and lies”. He went on to accuse DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip of being the brain behind the “unfounded claims”.
“We, as the ex-DA councilors, receive pay from the municipality, a pro rata salary which was rightfully due to us up to the day we resigned from the DA between the 3rd and 5th June 2016. We have SMS to prove the monies which is paid to us as the last salary.
“We have never colluded or brokered ‘sweetheart’ deals with any leaders of the ANC, let alone the executive mayor Danny Jordaan. We have never received any monies nor ‘briberies’ to join the ANC,” said Mali
He also pointed that the DA councilors were now being politically persecuted because they dared to challenge “racist tendencies” within the DA leadership.
“Especially Mmusi Maimane who has forever promised to come and address these matters with us but never made any effort to come meet with us,” he said.
DA Councillors Defect to ANC
The former DA councillors namely Mali, Mzukisi Ncamani, Bahle Ngqondela, Penny Naidoo, Nico du Plessis, Brian Kivedo and Isaac Adams, decided to move to ANC on the claim that the racism springs among members of the DA.
The councilors claim they brought over hundreds of DA members into the ANC fold.
Meanwhile, the ruling party’s regional spokesperson Gift Ngqondi also weighed in and appealed to residents in the metro to watch it less they get “deceived” by Trollip speaking the Xhosa vernacular.
Ngqondi said that the ANC was confident it would win wards previously lost in Helenvale, Missionvale and Kwanoxolo.
He said though residents of Nelson Mandela community have been “voting cows for the DA” in order to address and settle white interests in the metro, ANC is confident in its hold of the community even in the coming local government elections.