THE chairman of the Nelson Mandela Bay civil society coalition, Mandla Madwara, has responded to an accusation by ANC regional deputy chairman Tony Duba that the coalition is aligned to the DA, saying the structure is apolitical.
"We refuse to be cast as politically aligned," Madwara said. "This [accusation] is used as an excuse to not be held accountable to the city [but it] will not deter us from tackling issues affecting business and the citizens of this metro.
"We dispute the statement by the ANC deputy chair, Mr Tony Duba, that we are politically aligned. This statement does not hold water." He said it was time for civil society to be taken seriously.
The coalition – comprising the business chamber, ratepayers' association, religious fraternity and SA Non-governmental Organisation Coalition – has criticised the Bay's political leaders for the instability in the city and alleged political interference that led to the resignation of former city boss Lindiwe Msengana- Ndlela.
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