- Over 100 small business owners have taken to the streets to protest non-payment for services rendered to the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality
- Protesting outside of the City Hall, the rilled owners have vowed to make the region ungovernable
- Former mayor Mangomeli Bobani promised R500 million worth of tenders to the protestors, who are demanding not only what is owed but the pledged contracts as well
SMME owners, over 100, gathered outside of the Port Elizabeth City Hall to protest a lack of payment from the Nelson Mandela Bay municipality.
HeraldLIVE reports that the protestors had taken to the streets, vowing to make the city ungovernable unless payments were made.
The municipality allegedly owes the business owners for cleaning up the city, having done two months of work for a programme to give the region a facelift.
Former mayor Mongameli Bobani had promised the SMME bosses projects to the tune of R500 million to tidy up.
Reports indicate that no tender processes are in place when it comes to the appointment of the smaller businesses.
The now-ousted mayor had been facing pressure ahead of his removal from office at the point in time when he vowed to allocate the projects.
Briefly.co.za reported that Bobani has been subjected to a motion of no confidence, seeing the DA, ANC and COPE teaming up to secure his removal.
Now, with Bobani fading in the distance, his former municipality is left mitigating the promises made during his turbulent tenure.
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