Trollip promises to crack the whip in Nelson Mandela Bay

In his inaugural speech, the DA's Athol Trollip said the time for extravagant expenditure had ended.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip. Picture: Youtube screengrab.

JOHANNESBURG - Newly-elected Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip says municipal officials will now be under the microscope more than ever.

Trollip and his deputy United Democratic Movement (UDM) member Mongameli Bobani will lead the metro over the next five years as part of a multi-party government.

Delivering his inaugural speech at Feather Market Hall today, Trollip told the crowd the time for extravagant and irregular expenditure had come to an end.

Trollip's administration will be scrutinising appointments made by the previous council.

He said officials without the necessary qualifications could find themselves without a job.

The newly-elected mayor said he expected all public servants to abide by the rules.

"Any official or public representative found to be operating outside of the rule of law will be charged and will have to account for their actions or dereliction in the relevant courts of law, or within the municipal disciplinary structures."

Trollip also pledged to fast-track all forensic investigations, including the Treasury-led probe into the R2 billion Integrated Public Transport System.