EDITORIAL | If DA mayor did break curfew, docking his pay won’t be enough
The opposition must practise what it preaches and make him an example with his punishment
A week after the DA’s Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga was endorsed as its mayoral candidate for Nelson Mandela Bay, he was involved in a serious car accident. The incumbent mayor was on Monday in a serious condition in the high care unit of Netcare Greenacres hospital in Gqeberha.
The circumstances around crash are still under investigation. What we do know is that it was Bhanga’s 44th birthday on Saturday, he was on the road at 11.30pm, an hour and a half after curfew, and his private vehicle, a Mercedes-Benz, collided with an Audi. The occupants of the Audi, a woman identified as Nonzwakazi Maho, 44, and a man whose name has not been released, died at the scene. Police confirmed they were investigating a case of culpable homicide, and more charges including breaking curfew under the disaster management act could be added.
The DA has not responded in much detail yet. Its provincial chair, Andrew Whitfield, sent condolences to the families of those killed in the accident, wished Bhanga a speedy recovery and added the party was “waiting for more details surrounding the accident”. This crash could have devastating consequences for the main opposition in the Eastern Cape. If it turns out Bhanga was indeed returning after curfew hours from a private function on his birthday, there would be no room to explain away his actions. If this were an ANC politician, the DA would have already called for an investigation, if not a suspension...