The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the United Democratic Movement (UDM) met at the weekend to discuss the removal of the UDM’s executive mayor in the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality through a vote of no confidence on 5 December 2019.
After carefully considering the feedback it received, the UDM NEC is of the view that the matter of the motion of no confidence was irregularly included on the council agenda and that the removal of Cllr Mongameli Bobani as executive mayor was therefore unprocedural.
It is clear that some villainous political machinations were at play to hamper the progress Cllr Bobani’s administration was making and that, because he declined to take part in tender rigging, he was removed.
Cllr Bobani has indicated that he has already taken the matter for judicial review.
The Party wishes to take this opportunity to express its disgust at the manner in which it and Cllr Bobani were treated. As a matter of principle, the UDM fully endorses this legal action in the hope that, if it be necessary, any mayor will be protected from unprocedural removal from office.
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General