Trollip: Fixing Nelson Mandela Bay's dire financial situation may take years

Athol Trollip says they have identified some of the illegal activity that has led to irregular and wasteful expenditure in the municipality.

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

CAPE TOWN – Recently elected Port Elizabeth Mayor Athol Trollip says it may take years to fix Nelson Mandela Bay’s dire financial situation.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) took power from the African National Congress after the local government elections in August.

According to the Auditor-General’s June report for the 2014/2015 financial year, the metro had more than a R1 billion in irregular expenditure and over R400 million in fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

Trollip says they have identified some of the illegal activity that has led to irregular and fruitless and wasteful expenditure.

He says he hopes to address the financial situation by leading by example, doing the right things for the right reasons and saying no to corruption.

Trollip further encourages residents to use the recently launched corruption hotline saying they are not just innocent bystanders but active participants in governance.

For more on local government politics and financial management visit EWN's municipal spending porta l.

(Edited by Leeto M Khoza)