'Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality on the brink of bankruptcy'

The Democratic Alliance’s Athol Trollip says there is a cash crisis.

Nelson Mandela Bay. Picture: www.nmbt.co.za.

CAPE TOWN - The Democratic Alliance(DA) claims the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is on the brink of bankruptcy, with at least R2,5 billion unaccounted for.

The party says this money could have been used to launch a Metro Police Department, which has been more than five years in the making.

The municipality is remaining mum on its plans to launch the long-awaited service in the region.

The municipality employed Metro Police Chief Pinkie Mathabathe in February 2014 at an annual salary of over a million rand.

The DA's Athol Trollip is demanding answers.

"She earns over a million rand a year but she has no metro police people underneath her authority."

Trollip says even though plans to establish the Metro Police Department has been gazetted, it's unlikely to become a reality anytime soon.

"There is a cash crisis in that municipality."

Attempts to get comment from the municipality have been unsuccessful.