“They said those people will be punished and will not be councillors again. Indeed those people were excluded when the lists were announced‚” she said.
Mvenya revealed that she questioned this “coincidence” at a provincial executive committee meeting and warned Trollip that he was starting factions in the DA. She also claimed to warn that this would cost the party‚ as these people had won wards from the ANC in May 2011 and were being removed in 2016. She later reported the matter to party leader Mmusi Maimane‚ she said.
“As far as I know‚ my sin is that I reported him to Mmusi after I fought for a principle.”
Mvenya claimed that Lee and Trollip were “enemies” because Lee did not support Trollip when he stood to be the party’s parliamentary leader‚ first against Helen Zille and later against Lindiwe Mazibuko.
Turning to the Bobani matter‚ Trollip suggested the man — who served as his deputy for months before the two fell out — was corrupt‚ took dirty money and insisted that illegal payments be made to companies who had not done any work for the municipality.
“It became clear around December 20 when Bobani said I should pay 10% commission to disbursing money in the controversial integrated public transport system contract. He insisted that we pay this R1.8m‚ but I refused.
“Since that day‚ Bobani started voting against us in council‚ and sided with people that were being disciplined and representing people that were being suspended.”
Trollip said hat despite several meetings and many letters to Holomisa about Bobani’s behaviour‚ the UDM leader “didn’t want to hear it“.
He claimed that both Holomisa and Bobani took “bad‚ dirty money” to run the August 2015 by-election which the UDM famously won by 49% from 4%‚ beating both the ANC and the DA.
“I said to Holomisa‚ ‘I know why you won’t do anything about Bobani…because you both took bad‚ dirty money in Nelson Mandela Bay for the by-elections and for the election.’ He paled visibly and‚ from that day on‚ he turned aggressive and he started using the narrative that the DA is racist‚ [that] Trollip is a baas and his ego is too big. Despite the fact that his member had broken every single provision of the co-governance agreement.”
Trollip described the co-governance agreement that the coalition partners entered into after the 2016 local government as good‚ but that people broke almost every single one of its provisions with absolutely no consequences.
“If I have learnt any lessons from coalitions‚ I think we need to be a bit more careful about how you craft coalitions and who you craft them with after elections‚ but we live and learn.”