Complaint against DA’s Trollip for dousing fire

Nelson Mandela Bay DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip hoses a fire at the weekend. Picture: DA via Twitter
Nelson Mandela Bay DA mayoral candidate Athol Trollip hoses a fire at the weekend.
Picture: DA via Twitter

Eastern Cape MPL Christian Martin has lodged an official complaint against DA MPL Athol Trollip for “interfering” while firefighters were extinguishing a blaze in Windvogel, Port Elizabeth.

Trollip, who is also the DA’s Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate, was pictured assisting firefighters on Saturday, carrying a hose to help douse the fire.

In a letter of complaint to speaker of the provincial legislature, Noxolo Kiviet, Martin said Trollip had abused his powers and had brought the legislature into disrepute.

“Hereby receive my official complaint regarding Hon Athol Trollip interfering with firefighters executing their duty at a house burning in the northern areas over the weekend of 11 June 2016.

“This [honourable] member… has a tendency for political motive other than assisting as other citizens do by watching how lives are saved.

“He always interferes with trained state essential service staff, taking over there responsibility.

“I would, hereby, want this matter to be investigated…” Martin wrote.

DA Mandela Bay councillor Sandra Fillis, who responded on Trollip’s behalf as she was at the scene at the time, said Trollip acted “instinctively” as the DA was the first to arrive on the scene.

“As a caring Bay resident, Athol acted instinctively by dousing the flames firstly with buckets of water, and then with a hose found lying on the ground nearby.

“When lives are at risk, the more hands that can help, the better.

“It is preposterous that an ANC public representative would rather see people’s houses burn down than them get help to save their homes.

“Where was Christian Martin while this house was burning?” Fillis said.

3 thoughts on “Complaint against DA’s Trollip for dousing fire

  • June 15, 2016 at 7:39 am

    Who is this Christian martin and why does he produce such appalling English?

    And Herald, you MUST use this handy abbreviation called (sic,) it means “intended, as so written.”

  • June 13, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    WHEN IS IT A CRIME TO HELP PEOPLE IN TROUBLE OUT?????? Christian Martin is jealous that Athol Trollip using his natural tendency to help out got some good publicity! That is why I will be voting for the party of Athol Trollip rather than the A.N.C. on August 3rd! The Democratic Alliance helps people out instead of the other party that helps itself to riches whilst leaving the poor masses in misery!!!

  • June 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

    Oh, please bring in a caring government, where people can work together for the good of everyone.


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