Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Athol Trollip will present his 100-day plan at a special council meeting next Thursday.
Speaking shortly being sworn in as mayor – with mayoral chains being draped around his neck – Trollip vowed there would be no political interference as municipal officials went about their work.
“Over the past year I have committed to delivering three things if elected as your mayor and now that this has come to pass, I must fulfill what I promised. I said we will stop corruption, create jobs and deliver better services. No elaborate grandiose promises that have little prospect for ever coming to fruition,” he said.
“Corruption is the enemy of freedom and fairness and the thief of opportunity. There will be no more erosion of municipal resources due to corruption procurement practices. There will be no more wasting of our resources on the glitz and glamour of irrelevant public events, flashy cars and wasteful expenditure on cadre deployment.”
Trollip said the municipality’s money would be used effectively by “stretching every tax rand to achieve optimum outputs in the direct interest of every citizen”.
“We will establish an efficient, effective and highly skilled administration. One that is nimble and that will facilitate and attract the investment so desperately required to attract and sustain economic growth to get our city working,” he said.
“The days of costly and duplicate mayoral satellite offices are over, as this new government will be in touch with communities through their elected councillors and their funded ward offices and a mayor who will be on the ground with the people. This is the way a functional local government should work and will work.”
Trollip said officials who were appointed irregularly would have their appointments “carefully scrutinised and if found to have been appointed outside the ambit of the law, will have such appointments terminated”.
The municipality would also engage with National Treasury to ensure the forensic audit of the “defunct IPTS can reach finality as soon as possible, so that we can work to resolve this R2.5 billion impasse that has yielded nothing in return to the benefit of this city”.
“Political instability in this Metro has rendered this city moribund and unresponsive,” Trollip said.
“It is time to lock the revolving doors of corruption, cadre deployment and cronyism and bring about a new model of administration by this multiparty government that will eschew the blight of such practices and that ushers in a model of good government based on best practice that we believe the DA administrations have become in South Africa.”
Meanwhile the meeting was adjourned for 10 minutes after ANC councillors arrived late, with ANC councillor Andile Lungisa handing a document over to acting city manager Johann Mettler who at that point was steering the meeting.
Mettler refused to keep the document and told Lungisa that all councillors who were outside should enter the Feather Market Centre.
Lungisa tried to pursuade Mettler to leave his seat and go out and ensure that the security allow the ANC councillors to enter, but the acting city manager remained seated and told the councillors to make their way into the hall.
Most of the ANC’s councillors entered shortly after to loud jeering from the crowd, who booed the ANC.
Earlier on Thursday, Mettler earlier confirmed he had received a letter from Cape Town-based legal firm BXI Attorneys claiming the ANC’s dissatisfaction with the allocation of PR seats.
He said the letter stated that should the council meeting proceed, the ANC would turn to the courts to obtain an interdict to prevent the meeting from going ahead.
The meeting eventually re-adjourned with the DA’s Jonathan Lawack being elected as speaker, Trollip as mayor and the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani as deputy mayor.
Bobani – who was nominated by Trollip – said: “As this team that represents the rainbow nation, we are going to work. There will be no Christmas. We are ready for the challenge. To our ANC colleagues, we expect them to play an oversight role. We appeal to them to join us and work with us.”