Mongameli Bobani’s Removal: UDM Demands Immediate Apology From DA


Mongameli Bobani’s removal – The leader of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) Bantu Holomisa has demanded a public and an unreserved apology from the Democratic Alliance (DA) over Bobani’s expulsion.

In a letter sent to DA leader Mmusi Maimane, on Wednesday, Holomisa slammed the DA for the way it handled his rmoval as Nelson Mandela Bay’s deputy mayor.

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He accused the Maimane Mmusi-led party of ousting the deputy mayor from his post under “false pretences” by using a draft report prepared by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to “mastermind a dubious campaign.”

An irritated Bantu also challenged the findings of the so-called report, arguing that the party should have been viewed it as preliminary and not as a conclusive evidence of corruption on Bobani’s part.

Expressing himself, the UDM leader further alleged:

“You had relied on an embargoed PwC draft report, which we certainly would not have seen had we not demanded a copy at a meeting of coalition partners on 22 August 2017 – only two days ahead of the DA bulldozing a questionable motion of no-confidence in [Bobani] through Council.

“The fecklessness of the draft report forced you to keep it secret, but it did not preclude you from abusing it. You and your colleagues have publicly criticised me personally and the UDM, saying that we condone corruption.

“Little wonder that you kept it hidden in your briefcase as there is nothing in the report, contrary to your public misrepresentations, implicating Bobani,” Holomisa said.

“It is highly suspicious and abnormal that the accused, his party, the coalition partners and the NMBMM Council itself had been kept in the dark about the draft report…”

With these, Bantu called on the DA to apologize to the UDM for baselessly removing Bobani from his position.

UDM’s Bobani was axed as Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor last month after a motion of no confidence against him succeeded. The motion was filed by the Patriotic Alliance and was supported by the DA, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and COPE. It was opposed by the EFF, African Independent Congress, the UDM and the ANC

The motion was filed by the Patriotic Alliance and was supported by the DA, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and COPE. But It was strongly opposed by the EFF, African Independent Congress (AIC), the UDM and the ANC.

After Bobani’s exit, the UDM, which is in coalition with the DA in the bay, threatened to pull out the coalition if its member is not reinstated by August 28.

The no-confidence motion was filed after he was accused of undermining his boss, holding separate events and being involved in so many corruption and fraud dealings, maladministration, tender irregularities, amongst others.

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Meanwhile, the DA has not replied Bantu’s letter. The party is yet to release a public statement on the apology demand.