Bay acting city boss Nobuntu Mpongwana steps down

Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani has been removed through a motion of no confidence at council chambers. The majority of the parties in the council chamber – DA, ANC, Patriotic Alliance, COPE, ACDP and AIC – voted in favour of DA councillor Morne Steyn’s motion. Pictured here: Acting city manager Nobuntu Mpongwana immediately stepped down after Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Bobani was removed.
Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Mongameli Bobani has been removed through a motion of no confidence at council chambers. The majority of the parties in the council chamber – DA, ANC, Patriotic Alliance, COPE, ACDP and AIC – voted in favour of DA councillor Morne Steyn’s motion. Pictured here: Acting city manager Nobuntu Mpongwana immediately stepped down after Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Bobani was removed.
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Acting city manager Nobuntu Mpongwana immediately stepped down after Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Bobani was removed.

During the meeting councillors constantly questioned her on her decision to take up the position.

In a letter addressed to the "executive mayor", Mpongwana said she did this in the interest of the council.

Nobuntu Mpongwana resigns as acting city manager of Nelson Mandela Bay with immediate effect 05-12-19
Nobuntu Mpongwana resigns as acting city manager of Nelson Mandela Bay with immediate effect 05-12-19
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"When I was approached to act as City manager, I willingly accepted the challenge, knowing it was going to be a daunting task.

"I accepted the acting position in good faith, knowing I was to do so and knowing that few persons were willing to act in the position, given the current political climate.

"However, since it is clear that the council clearly has issues with me acting as city manager, I feel it prudent to do the honourable thing.

"I hereby step down as acting city manager in order for council to appoint someone they feel comfortable with," Mpongwana wrote.

She stepped down with immediate effect.

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