The Democratic Alliance (DA) and the United Democratic Movement (UDM) are in some sort of tussle.

The DA has given the UDM leader Bantu Holomisa an ultimatum that he should discipline the Deputy Mayor.

Maimane’s party wants Holomisa to either fire or redeploy Nelson Mandela metro deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani or the party will use its majority in council to oust him.

DA federal executive chairperson James Selfe sent a strongly worded letter dated May 12 to Holomisa.

Selfe expresses frustration at what he calls “erratic behaviour” by Bobani in their coalition government with the UDM.

Bobani is also the portfolio head for public health.


Mayor Trollip on Tuesday executed the first part of the ultimatum‚ issuing Bobani with a letter recalling him as a mayoral committee member.

A reliable and highly placed sources in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro council confirmed his removal.

The developments come after numerous spats between the Mayor Trollip and his Deputy Bobani.

UDM and DA national leaders’ attempts to intervene have been in vein. Bobani has since opened cases of fraud with the police against Trollip and senior municipal officials.

Selfe details a number of damning allegations to support why Bobani should be elbowed out.

These include that:

• Bobani owes money to a sound equipment service provider.
• Bobani’s failure to produce proof for his claim that he is a qualified lawyer.
• He has burnt all bridges in the coalition.
• He opposes everything that the mayoral committee collectively agrees on.
• He has been colluding with cooperative governance minister Des van Rooyen to block a pay package for metro head of corporate services Vuyo Zitumane.
• He has been a champion of disgraced individuals and contractors.