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DA calls for Auditor-General to urgently investigate alleged corruption in Nelson Mandela Bay

September 21, 2018

Yesterday, 20 September 2018, I requested the Auditor-General (AG), Kimi Makwetu, to urgently investigate allegations of corruption levelled against me during my tenure as Executive Mayor of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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These allegations were made in a letter written by Mr Bantu Holomisa, president of the UDM, to the Auditor General on 24 October 2017. The same allegations were also levelled against Mr Johann Mettler, Nelson Mandela Bay City Manager.

Mr Holomisa requested the AG’s intervention in various matters regarding PWC’S forensic investigations into alleged irregular payments and the employment of litter pickers. Mr Holomisa also recently wrote an open public letter to the AG, making a range of sweeping allegations of corruption against myself and Mr Mettler.

I have written to the AG and implored him, as a matter of public importance, to urgently proceed with the requested investigation. I have also committed myself and my former employees in the mayoral office to cooperate fully in such an investigation.

If the AG goes ahead with this investigation, he will have to arrange access to the Public Health Standing Committee reports in relation to litter pickers and EPWP appointments, the MPAC report related to these matters as well as the final PWC reports. The other important report in this regard is the draft report compiled by Deloitte about the IPTS corruption saga.

I have undertaken to provide the AG with all the available correspondence, documentation and evidence that I have at my disposal.

Furthermore, I also advised Mr Makwetu that more evidence is coming to light with regard to corruption linked to some of the contracts that were stopped after my election as Mayor.
This evidence is crucial in linking certain individuals directly to corrupt dealings.

Athol Trollip

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Legal opinion confirms ‘removal’ of Mayor Trollip unlawful and invalid

August 28, 2018

A legal opinion obtained by Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) City Manager, Johan Mettler, on the removal of the Nelson Mandela Bay Speaker, Jonathan Lawack, and Mayor Athol Trollip has confirmed that it was “unlawful, invalid, and capable of being set aside”.

The DA has already committed to taking the council’s decision on review as we believe that the process to appoint the new Speaker was procedurally invalid and therefore, that the “removal” of Mayor Trollip was also invalid.

Section 36(3) of the Municipal Structures Act (117 of 1998) states that:

“The municipal manager of the municipality or, if the municipal manager is not available, a person designated by the MEC for local government in the province, presides over the election of a speaker”

After Speaker Jonathan Lawack was removed, the Municipal Manager, Johann Mettler, adjourned the council sitting as quorum had been broken. Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs, Fikile Xasa, then incorrectly invoked Section 36(3) and designated an individual to preside over two decisions:

1. The election of ANC Councillor, Buyelwa Mafaya, as Speaker; and
2. The Motion of No Confidence in Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip.

This was despite the Municipal Manager being both present and able to preside over the sitting. This is in clear contravention of the Municipal Structures Act. Therefore, the election of Buyelwa Mafaya as Speaker, and the subsequent Motion of No Confidence in Athol Trollip as invalid.

The legal opinion confirms our view. Specifically, it states that:

“Having regard to the factual circumstances that prevailed, it can never be said that the Municipal Manager was not available.”

The opinion goes on to state that the Municipal Manager was “physically available and accordingly, the appointment of such other person to chair the election of a Speaker was unlawful and invalid with the concomitant result that the appointment of a Speaker and the subsequent appointment of a new Mayor are similarly unlawful, invalid and capable of being reviewed and set aside”

DA stands for values and integrity

April 3, 2018

We need leaders who lead with their values even if it means they stand alone.

Courage of conviction and unwavering integrity is what the DA needs to stay the course.

Athol Trollip is that kind of leader.

That is why we believe he should be elected as Federal Chairperson of the Democratic Alliance.

#TrollipForChair

ANC, EFF resort to disruption and chaos

March 30, 2018

The EFF, ANC and UDM coalition resorted to disrupting and attempting to collapse the Council meeting in Nelson Mandela Bay yesterday, because they know they will not win the Motion of No Confidence against Mayor Athol Trollip.

Their conduct has confirmed to the country that they can only respond with chaos and violence when things don’t go their way.

Instead of accepting the loss and moving on, they decided to hold the Council meeting hostage by refusing to allow the meeting to continue. They should be ashamed of their conduct.

This coalition of chaos and corruption, between the EFF and the ANC (with the UDM as hangers-on), has never had the best interests of the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay at heart, and that is why they will always fail.

Their motion was always just about racism.

The people of the Bay and the people of South Africa reject the hate-fuelled politics of the EFF, and reject giving the Metro back to the corrupt ANC.

We must continue to guard against their hatred and continue to build a united South Africa for all.

Regards

Mmusi Maimane

The thin blue line and the rising red tide of populism

March 27, 2018

In 2016 the Democratic Alliance (DA) achieved what was previously thought to be impossible: the political disruption of South African politics, says Athol Trollip.

Led by a capable national leadership team, elected at its elective conference one year earlier, the DA won a two thirds majority in Cape Town and emerged to lead coalition governments in Johannesburg, Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay (where the DA received the largest share of the vote outside of Cape Town).

This was a resounding victory by any measure and an outright rejection of Jacob Zuma’s ANC.

In Nelson Mandela Bay the DA was elected on an offer of stopping corruption, improving service delivery and tackling unemployment.

In 19 months we have made significant progress under difficult circumstances. Achieving progress that lasts, takes time, even more so if its predecessor was chaos. Real progress is only possible when we lead with our values.

Named after our iconic President, Nelson Mandela, it was the very abandonment of his principles and values by former ANC Metro administrations and their cronies that brought Nelson Mandela Bay to its knees.

“Something is not right,” Crispian Olver writes in the opening chapter of How to Steal a City. Indeed something was terribly wrong; dishonesty, sleaze, fraud and corruption. It is precisely this that voters rejected in the 2016 election.

The abandonment of a universal set of values and principles opened the flood gates for unprecedented greed and ultimately the capture of the state for which the ANC was punished.

If political parties do not stand up for their values they will fall, and fall hard. This the voters will guarantee as they did in the biggest metros in the country in 2016.

This is an important lesson for the DA as we return to our tri-annual elective conference to elect a national leadership that will have to navigate a new political terrain post Jacob Zuma. This new terrain will require our political compass to be calibrated according to our values and principles, our true north must be our core purpose…

I firmly believe that the DA remains the only political party that is home to all South Africans from all walks of life.

We are the most diverse and representative party because people are attracted to our values of freedom, fairness and opportunity and our genuine commitment to redress, reconciliation, delivery and diversity.

We have experienced organic growth in all communities because we have stayed true to our values and been guided by our principles.

I have personally witnessed and nurtured the growth of the DA for 25 years and never shied away from a contest where I felt strongly about the future of the party. I’ve often said that the battle for integrity is worth it, even if you stand alone.

My credentials in this regard are well documented. I have faced defeat but never felt defeated because my commitment to our cause is underpinned by our values. I mean it when I say that when we lead with our values we win, even if it appears as though we’ve lost.

That is why now is not the time to succumb to the pressure of other political parties who seek to define us according to their own values and principles. This begins with the tabling of a motion of no confidence in me as executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay, because of the colour of my skin and our party’s position on land.

The EFF would have us abandon our principled positions on property rights and non-racialism in their bid to oust me and my colleagues in Nelson Mandela Bay. If we were to concede it would signal the death of the DA. In these difficult times we must stay true to our cause because it is an honourable and worthy one.

So, in Nelson Mandela Bay I will hold the thin blue line and stay true to these important principles as we stare down the rising red tide of populism that threatens to engulf our party as it has the ANC.

Trollip is executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.

DA’s Trollip sues ANC councillor for defamation of character

February 1, 2016

DA’s mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, Athol Trollip said he is suing the Nelson Mandela Bay’s Councillor Lawrence Troon for defamation of character.

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According to Trolip, a journalist showed him unsigned affidavits last year, written by farm workers who have complained about his family violating their rights.

“The journalist who showed me the affidavits got them from Troon. He is the one who is responsible for these affidavits, I know it’s him, and I will see him in court,” he said.

“The ANC is welcome to do whatever they want to do, I have already spoken to my lawyer and sued for defamation of character,” he said.

He said, some farmworkers who have complained never worked for his family.

Earlier, the ANC had said it would lay a complaint with the South African Human Rights Commission against Trollip’s family, this week.

ANC national spokesperson, Zizi Kodwa said the family allegedly violated some farmworkers’ rights, while they were still working for them in Bedford in the Eastern Cape.

He said the farmworkers had submitted written statements to the ANC on how they were treated between 2005 and 2010.

“For now, we cannot divulge the full information, but the farmworkers who experienced this inhumane treatment have told us that they were forced to work from early morning until late at night, without taking a break.

“[They] also told us that Athol Trollip knew about how they were treated, but he did nothing. He should have stopped it because, apparently, he was always at the farm,” he said.

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Trollip launches 60 wards campaign

September 14, 2015

DA Mayoral candidate Athol Trollip launched his 60 wards in 60 days campaign from the party’s Ngqura constituency offices in Njoli Street, Kwazakhele on Monday.

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Trollip said he would be focusing on the six pillars that the DA would be rolling out in the metro to turn the city around.

He said he was filled with hope when walking through the streets of Kwazakhele, because he could sense the immense potential, from the hawkers of Njoli Square to the fruit sellers on Daku Street.

He also announced an entrepreneurship competition, where applications will be opened to all young aspirant entrepreneurs who would be required to submit a business plan for evaluation.

Seed capital of R10 000 has already been donated and a business mentor selected. Trollip said the chosen candidate will be guided by this mentor so that they can reach their entrepreneurship goals.

“We will give more information throughout our 60 day campaign, with the winner being announced towards the end of the campaign,” he said.

Trollip also spoke of creating Opportunity centres to provide information on investment opportunities, licensing, land use, planning approval procedures, investor information and business start-up advice.

Source: News 24

The DA is the thin blue line

May 7, 2015

On the 9th of May 2015 the DA will hold its federal congress in the politically contested city of Nelson Mandela Metro. Not only will this congress kick start the DA election campaign for 2016, it is significantly being held in a Metro that the DA is most likely to win outside of Cape Town.

Athol Trollip, the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape

Athol Trollip, the leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape

Over the last month, there has been vigorous contestation between various party members, each with different leadership styles and offers, for the Federal Chairperson position. This can only be good for democracy.

The DA and its predecessor parties have been led by many visionary leaders, their vision will only truly be recognised once we reach our ultimate objective of becoming a national government for all South Africans. Those who gathered in Kliptown in 1955 to give birth to the freedom charter of the African National Congress wanted their party to become a government for all the people, as espoused in its preamble. Sadly the ANC has lost its way, largely due to the polarizing consequences of their racial nationalism bent.

Former President Mandela personified the very essence of reconciliation and guided our nation through a precipitous period post 1994. Tony Leon led the DP into a process of reconciliation with its former arch enemies and look what that initiative has done for reconciliation in various minority communities in South Africa. Helen Zille took up the baton from Tony Leon and championed the process of turning the DA a true political home for all South Africans.

Not only have these initiatives resulted in a proliferation of blue DA T-Shirts in communities in all corners of our land, it has also led to the DA winning power in one of the nine provinces in and winning 27 Municipalities. Our party today sets its eye and heart on winning many more councils in 2016, including the Nelson Mandela, Tshwane and Johannesburg Metros. These achievements and strategic objectives cannot realistically be attained if the DA is not a party for all South Africans.

So, a quick look at the scoreboard means that we could never have achieved all of this if we were what our opponents misrepresent us as: a white party. The DA’s achievements are of critical importance to the future of our country. We are the thin blue line to prevent our nation succumbing to the travails of racial and ethnic nationalism that have befallen other post-colonial African countries. The DA must equally not underestimate how much it has achieved in becoming, not only a political party, but a government “for all the people”.

Transformation in South Africa under an ANC government has become premised on race and racial stereotyping. Race or the colour of one’s skin does not determine one’s integrity, honesty, compassion and other human values. This phenomenon, though somewhat understandable, serves only to perpetuate the psychotic legacy of apartheid.

The Democratic Alliance in the Eastern Cape, where I have been the leader since 2002, has defied all expectations and stereotypical political projections by political commentators by continuing to make impressive inroads into ANC strongholds across the province. Not only has our steady growth been at the expense of the ANC but of all the other opposition parties that contest for votes in this province that have black African leaders. The DA has seen off the first breakaway party from the ANC, Bantu Holomisa’s UDMand then Mosioua Lekota’s COPE.

Just last week, South Africa witnessed a seismic shift in the political landscape after the Democratic Alliance Student Organisation, (DASO) won a historic SRC election at the University of Fort Hare when it jumped from 20% of the vote two years ago, to win a majority of 53%. The ANC has been in damage control mode ever since trying to spin the story of why SASCO lost because they know that the next bastion of ANC domination to fall will be the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.

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These kind of political fortunes have been built on the practice of selecting and electing public representatives and leaders who are fit for purpose, regardless of race. This has proven to be a recipe for success in a ‘bedrock’ ANC province such as the Eastern Cape and a principle that I am prepared to defend in the DA and in society. It is this conviction that has led me to throw my hat into the contest for the vacated position of the DA Federal Chairperson.

Transformation that leads to the normalization of an abnormal society cannot be contrived and predicated on racial nationalism and racial classification; it is based on the genuine transformation of the soul. I believe this is best described by one of South Africa’s great anti-apartheid activists, Alan Paton where he described liberalism as follows, “By liberalism I don’t mean the creed of any century. I mean a generosity of spirit, a tolerance of others, an attempt to comprehend otherness, a commitment to the rule of law, a high ideal of the worth and dignity of man….. True liberalism does not need qualifications”.  I am a disciple of this philosophy and believe that any qualification of this erodes the ideals of the DA of becoming a party for all South Africans.

Athol Trollip MPL is the Leader of the Democratic Alliance and candidate for Federal Chairperson at the party’s upcoming Federal Congress in May 2015.

Candidates for the DA Federal Congress announced

April 24, 2015

The Democratic Alliance will hold its sixth Federal Congress on 9 and 10 May 2015, at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The highly respected leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip could become federal chairperson of the party.

The highly respected leader of the DA in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip could become federal chairperson of the party.

The Federal Congress is the highest decision-making body of the Party, and is made up of delegates who are ordinary members and public representatives from DA branches across the country.

Federal Congress and Federal Council are tasked with filling eight Federal Leadership positions.

Each of the elections will be conducted by secret ballot, and voting will be done using the single transferable voting system.

A total of 21 nominations have been received for the positions available. Any member of the party in good standing is allowed to be nominated, and nominations are in a member’s individual capacity and not on behalf of any branch or structure of the party.

The following members have been nominated for the positions described above:

Leader

Dr Wilmot James MP

Mr Mmusi Maimane MP

Mr Adrian Naidoo

Mr Morgan Oliphant

Federal Chairperson 

Mr Makashule Gana MP

Mr Masizole Mnqasela MPP

Mr Athol Trollip MPL

Deputy Federal Chairperson (three positions)

Councillor Michael Bond

Mr A.H. Maluleke

Mr Joe McGluwa MP

Dr Ivan Meyer MPP

Mr Stevens Mokgalapa MP

Ms Refiloe Ntsekhe MPL

Ms Desiree Van der Walt MP

Chairperson of Federal Council

Mr James Selfe (unopposed)

Deputy Chairperson of Federal Council

Mr Anthony Benadie MPL

Mr Adrian Naidoo

Mr Thomas Walters MP

Chairperson of the Federal Finance Committee

Mr Alf Lees MP

Mr Dirk Stubbe MP

Mr Andricus Van der Westhuizen MP

RIP Jayde

April 22, 2015

On behalf of the DA in the Eastern Cape I want to express my horror and total outrage at the senseless killing of Port Elizabeth Grade 7 teacher Jayde Panayiotou, who was abducted outside her home yesterday while waiting for her lift to work.

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Our country is in a crisis.  By killing teachers, who are trying to impart quality education to our children, we are killing the future.

It is time that the political leadership, civil society and the religious fraternity come together to end senseless and violent crime.

Our sympathy, thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends and with the pupils and her colleagues at Riebeeck College Girls’ High School.

Athol Trollip

DA Leader Eastern Cape