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There will be no purging of staff, says Athol Trollip

He wrote a letter to municipal staff earlier this week assuring them that their jobs weren't in danger.

FILE: Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor-elect Athol Trollip. Picture: Xolani Koyana/EWN

PORT ELIZABETH - Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor-elect Athol Trollip says there will be no purging of municipal staff when he takes charge of the African National Congress (ANC)-run metro.

But he has warned there will be no place in his administration for anyone implicated in corruption or impropriety.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) won 57 seats in Council after Wednesday's local government elections, edging the ANC to become the largest party in the metro.

But the DA still has to forge a coalition to govern.

Trollip wrote a letter to municipal staff earlier this week assuring them that their jobs were not in danger under a DA-led government.

But he warned some officials would be under scrutiny.

"Now if you were irregularly appointed, you can't work for the city, and if you've been implicated in any corruption you'll have to answer for that."

Trollip says one of his first moves as mayor will be to reprioritise the municipality's budget.

"The current government has not paid enough attention to infrastructure maintenance and development, we can't attract investment into the city and create jobs if we don't have infrastructure that will sustain economic development."

The DA needs an additional four seats in council to govern. The party has two weeks within which to establish a government in the metro.