Demist mogafe <It looks as if the Democratic Alliance federal chairman Cllr Athol Trollip, of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro, seems to be suffering from selective amnesia.

He proves himself to be nothing more than a prevaricator and a practiced liar. It is about time that someone confronts Trollip for spreading falsehoods and misrepresenting facts.

Having listened to the radio on what Trollip said in his address to the Cape Town Press Club, the United Democratic Movement (UDM) wishes to remind him of an internal audit report which details how he and former city manager, Johann Mettler, were up to no good. See the attached scathing internal report.

We also want to remind Trollip of the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) final report that he and his leader, Mmusi Maimane, carried about in their briefcases, saying that there was prima facie evidence that our Mongameli Bobani was corrupt. The council, the public and the media has been calling for him to make the report public. It is thanks to the Herald, which had access to the report, that we know that there was no finding that fingered Bobani. This report surely cost the municipality millions of rands. As we ponder this expense, one wonders how he will ever explain it. Trollip now sits with egg on his face having, what seems to be, a DA commissioned report.

Trollip is yet to table at council, the “evidence” allegedly contained in the PwC report. That day will seemingly see the pigs fly. Trollip must man up and come clean, so that voters can know the real him.

Trollip also chose to refer to the “dirty money” that the UDM allegedly used to fight a by-election in 2015. He sounds like a broken record. When he made the allegations, many months ago, I responded and said that it was hogwash. I challenged him to investigate the matter and table the findings at council.

On the 15th of April, Trollip repeated these allegations in an article with Rapport’s Hanlie Retief, we responded by (yet again) saying get your facts straight and table the findings at council. In Retief’s article, Trollip is quoted saying that “julle” took money from the ANC, and that Bobani knew it; I knew it; and that’s why I had a blind spot where Bobani was concerned. Sorry, but that is a blatant lie and tells you who Trollip really is. I also told him that I don’t entertain high-level gossip.

It has been ten months, or so, during which an investigation could have been done to either prove or disprove his allegations. Trollip dismally failed in this task.

Trollip is said to have mentioned that if you give someone enough rope, they will hang themselves. We agree Cllr Trollip, that is exactly what you have done to yourself. It is for that reason that you don’t know, from what you have said and when you said it, whether you are going backwards of forwards.

Trollip is suffering from a bout of sour grapes and he does not accept that he’s no longer an executive mayor.

Issued by
Mr Bantu Holomisa, MP
UDM President