The DA’s Nelson Mandela Bay mayoral candidate, Athol Trollip, was reduced to tears yesterday, saying he was heartbroken by allegations that he had mistreated former workers at his family farm in Bedford.
An emotional Trollip briefed the media at Port Elizabeth’s Grand Hotel, a day after the ANC paraded eight former farmworkers who claimed to have suffered unfair labour practices under him and his father.
Flanked by his fiancee, Janine Handley, and some DA members, Trollip spoke of the allegations.
“I really regret that we had to come here today for this reason, but it has been a long time coming. I need to put something straight about these allegations,” he said.
“I am really saddened that I have to defend the DA from the desperate tactics of the ANC. It is clear that this is a politically orchestrated campaign.
“The ANC is targeting me because of our impending success in this Nelson Mandela Bay metro. They know that they are going to lose.”
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