THE Port Elizabeth Commercial Crimes Court today sentenced Nelson Mandela Bay Ward 20 ANC councillor, Bongo Nombiba, to five years direct imprisonment for fraud and money laundering.
Nombiba was found guilty last month after he stole R20 000 out of a discretionary fund that was allocated for a non governmental organisation.
Commenting on the sentence in a press statement, DA EC provincial spokesman Mlindi Nhanha said: “This proves the ANC cannot be trusted with the people’s money and that they are incapable of governing the city.”
Nhanha said the DA-led coalition had shown it has zero tolerance for criminal and corrupt behaviour.
“The systematic looting of the municipality’s coffers at the hands of the corrupt ANC brought the city to its knees. As a result the voters of NMB removed the ANC from office in 2016,” he said.
“Under the leadership of mayor Athol Trollip and his team, the city has begun making progress towards a better future for all its residents through job creation and delivery of better services.
“Since the DA-led coalition took over government in 2016 total change has come to NMB and a clean-up began to root out all forms of corruption and ensure a clean administration.”