UDM’s fight with DA in Nelson Mandela Bay heading to court

Their coalition is in jeopardy after UDM councillor Mongameli Bobani was removed as deputy mayor through a Motion of No Confidence this week.

FILE: UDM leader Bantu Holomisa. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The United Democratic Movement (UDM)’s fight with the Democratic Alliance (DA) in Nelson Mandela Bay is headed to court.

Their coalition is in jeopardy after UDM councillor Mongameli Bobani was removed as deputy mayor through a Motion of No Confidence this week.

The DA claims Bobani had breached their co-governance agreement by voting with the opposition.

Both parties are playing hardball.

The UDM wants Bobani to be reinstated, but the DA is refusing.

Now, the UDM is threatening to take legal action as early as Monday.

The DA says forensic reports have found evidence of maladministration, fraud, and tender irregularities involving departments directly under Bobani’s political authority.

But, UDM leader Bantu Holomisa says he has yet to see the evidence.

“We’re inviting them now, nicely, to come forward with the evidence.”

Holomisa has given his word that if there's credible evidence proving Bobani is implicated in corruption, the party will take action against him.

Holomisa says he will take legal action against the DA over their crumbling coalition in Nelson Mandela Bay.

Holomisa has threatened to pull out of the alliance if Bobani was not reinstated to his position.

“On Monday, in our court papers, the DA leadership will be called upon to bring to court their so-called evidence against Bobani.”

(Edited by Zamangwane Shange)