NMB Mayor In Hospital After Car Crash, Two Dead

Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Nqaba Bhanga is recovering in hospital after a car crash in which two people died at the weekend.

Indications are that the mayor, who was celebrating his 44th birthday, was driving when the crash occurred on Saturday night along the R75 in Port Elizabeth.

Police said they were investigating a case of culpable homicide as a matter of routine.

The accident has prompted uncomplimentary comments from the GOOD party about Mayor Bhanga, a member of the Democratic Alliance (DA) party.

Describing the mayor as “an unguided missile”, the GOOD party said it wants to know why tender documents were found in his car after the crash. The party also made reference to a previous accident involving the Mayor Bhanga’s car in which it alleged a person died.

“Photographs of the crash scene appear to indicate that the mayor was in possession of tender documents at the time of the crash,” said the GOOD party.

“This, too, must be investigated as it would be unlawful for the mayor to possess procurement documents.

“The mayor and DA must explain why the mayor had ‘requests for quotation’ for printing services documents in his possession.”

The GOOD party said mayors are not supposed to be involved in procurement.

“It is unclear if the accident occurred past the curfew deadline. If it did, Bhanga must explain his business being on the road.”

However, the GOOD party said, “it extends its condolences to the families of the two victims, whose identities have yet to be revealed, and wishes speedy recoveries to a third person injured in the crash, as well as to the hospitalised mayor”.