- The DA’s Athol Trollip has been removed as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay in a controversial motion of no confidence
- Jonathan Lawack was removed as council speaker during an earlier vote, this caused the DA caucus to walk out of the meeting
- The remaining councillors proceeded with the motion against Trollip, the DA is disputing the vote and called it unlawful and said it would challenge the result
The Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Athol Trollip has been ousted as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) in a controversial motion of no confidence. Jonathan Lawack was removed as council speaker during an earlier vote which caused the DA caucus to walk out of the meeting.
The remaining councillors proceeded to discuss and ultimately vote on the motion of no confidence which had been tabled against Trollip. The motion was passed and the council announced that Trollip had been voted out of power.
The DA is disputing the result of the vote and said the results were unlawful. The party has already indicated that it would challenge the legitimacy of the vote.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the municipal manager and now acting speaker of the NMB Johan Mettler said he adjourned the council meeting once the vote against Lawack had concluded because there was no way for the council to elect a new speaker.
EWN.co.za reported that Mettler adjourned the meeting and told the DA caucus to leave the meeting because he was advised that a quorum was no longer present at the meeting and that no further council business would be possible.
Mettler said he duly set a date for the next meeting and adjourned proceedings.
The remaining councillors proceeded to elect a new mayor once the DA caucus had left. The United Democratic Movement’s (UDM) Mongameli Bobani was subsequently voted into power and according to a report by eNCA.com he addressed the council in what appeared to be an acceptance speech.
Bobani has already appointed members to his mayoral committee.
The DA said it would challenge these results because according to its information and understanding the meeting had been adjourned and as such any subsequent results are invalid.
Trollip has survived multiple no-confidence motions in recent times, he was infamously singled out by Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) leader Julius Malema as a target for removal from office because of his race.
With the latest vote, it would appear that the balance of power in the coalition government NMB metro has shifted away from the DA. The party’s previously powerful alliance with the UDM has been strained in the metro in recent times.
The DA’s leadership will address the media regarding matters in NMB later on Tuesday. DA leader Mmusi Maimane has already spoken out against the matter.
Maimane said the ANC, EFF and UDM had ganged up against the DA and against the will of the people of NMB to enact their own agenda and to reverse gains which have been made by the DA in the past two years.
The DA is currently facing similar motions of no confidence votes in Gauteng. The ANC in the province has called for fresh election in order to end what it called the failed experiment of coalition government.
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