Trollip vows to stamp out irregular expenditure

The new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay said the administration would also scrutinise irregular appointments.

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip. Picture: Youtube screengrab

PORT ELIZABETH - Newly-elected Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip says the time for extravagant and irregular expenditure has come to an end.

Delivering his inaugural speech at the Feather Market Hall today, the DA's Trollip told the crowd the municipality had been spending unnecessary funds on glamorous events with flashy cars.

He said the administration would also scrutinise any irregular appointments.

Trollip also undertook to fast track all forensic investigations.

He took his mayoral seat amid cheers and ululations from the crowd.

There was, however, also jeering and booing seemingly from ANC members and supporters at the Feather Market Hall where the inauguration ceremony took place.

Some party ANC councillors also left the venue.

Newly-elected speaker Jonathan Lawack noted the walkout and asked that it be recorded.

The ANC's Litho Suka complained to Lawack that former mayor Danny Jordaan was excluded from proceedings.

It's understood Jordaan was among councillors who were stuck outside the council venue after doors were locked at 10am.