- The ANC intends to schedule a motion of no confidence in Athol Trollip as mayor
- Sources have confirmed that they want Andile Mfunda to replace him
- The EFF wants Mcebisi Jonas to take over, so Mfunda's success depends on their vote
If the ANC has the chance, it will replace Athol Trollip with Andile Mfunda as the new mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay metro.
The majority of the 120-member council has asked the speaker to move the scheduled motion of no confidence in Trollip forward, from April 6th to March 29th.
The council governs the metro including Port Elizabeth, but Mfunda's position will depend on whether or not the EFF accepts his name.
The EFF have demanded that the ANC put former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas forward for the position, Briefly.co.za gathered.
Mfunda is a former member of the mayoral committee for finance. He is currently an ANC councillor and is also a local leader of the SACP.
Responding to questions from the Sunday Times, Mfunda said he was unable to comment as the ANC had not officially informed him of the decision.
"It's the ANC that deploys, so it is the ANC that must comment," he said.
EFF secretary-general Godrich Gardee said that the ANC had proposed Mfunda's name to his party.
"We want the ANC to bring in Mcebisi Jonas, who refused a R600-million bribe, or someone who is close to Jonas in character and conduct," Gardee said.
ANC Nelson Mandela Bay region leaders, confirmed the decision on condition they remain anonymous.
"For now we are engaging with key leaders to say here is a comrade. This time around we are not going to allow outside interventions, which will lead to us losing the city. They brought us Ben Fihla and Danny [Jordaan]. People complained, why are we electing old people while we have young and capable leaders," one of the leaders said.
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