- Embattled Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip has received the support of the African Independent Congress in the fight to keep his job
- The AIC support makes it likely that the council will vote 61-59 in favour of keeping Trollip
- EFF leader Julius Malema, meanwhile, said his party would never stop fighting to remove Trollip from office and made it clear his party would not back the DA in NMB ever again
The fight to remove or retain Athol Trollip as executive mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay is set to go down to the wire. Trollip will be nervously awaiting the outcome of Thursday’s motion of no confidence against him.
On Wednesday evening, Trollip received unexpected support when the African Independent Congress (AIC) instructed its sole councillor to vote with the Democratic Alliance (DA) to keep Trollip in power.
This shift means a likely outcome of 61-59 votes in favour of retaining Trollip as Mayor. AIC president Mandla Galo confirmed on Wednesday evening that his party had decided to side with the DA on this matter.
Briefly.co.za learned that the AIC’s main motivation seems to stem from its current agreement with the African National Congress (ANC) to have the small town of Matatiele reincorporated in KwaZulu-Natal.
Galo confirmed his party had grown weary of little to no progress on this issue in recent times. "Recently we were highly perturbed by a statement of the Eastern Cape ANC that they would not allow the municipality of Matatiele to be incorporated into KZN," he said.
Galo slammed Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema for wanting to punish Trollip because of the colour of his skin. He said the AIC does not identify people in terms of the colour of their skin.
Meanwhile, Malema has vowed to continue to fight to have Trollip removed as mayor. He was addressing an EFF rally in New Brighton, Port Elizabeth on Wednesday night.
Malema said the important thing about the motion of no confidence which it tabled against Trollip was to show the DA that the EFF would no longer support it in the metro.
Malema said: “We are not loyal to anyone; we are loyal to the land. Anyone that speaks the land, anyone that holds the land is our friend.”
The EFF leader made it clear that his party would never support the DA in Nelson Mandela Bay again. Malema once again reiterated that he had never called on white people to leave South Africa.
“Women must own land, men must own land, whites must own land, we must own land. We never said any white man must leave South Africa. We said to them we are going to share according to the demographics of this country,” he said.
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