- The DA’s Athol Trollip was ousted as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay during a controversial no-confidence vote on Monday
- The DA has called the vote unlawful and said it would challenge the results
- The party’s Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga said the DA still viewed Trollip as the rightful mayor
And confusion reigns supreme. That at least must be how residents in Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) are feeling this morning. This comes after the Democratic Alliance’s (DA) Athol Trollip was ousted as the mayor of the metro during a controversial no-confidence vote on Monday.
The DA moved swiftly in its condemnation of the vote and said it would challenge the results. The DA’s Eastern Cape leader Nqaba Bhanga said the party still viewed Trollip as the rightful mayor of the metro.
Bhanga said the vote to remove Trollip had taken place after the acting speaker had adjourned the meeting and the DA’s caucus had left the meeting. The adjournment was sparked by a successful motion of no confidence vote against the former council speaker Jonathan Lawack.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Johan Mettler in his capacity as acting speaker adjourned the meeting after he was advised that a quorum was no longer possible at the meeting and the councillors would be unable to elect a new speaker.
Bhanga noted that because Mettler had adjourned the meeting anything which happened after that moment in the council chambers could not be viewed as official.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that the Bhanga confirmed that the DA in the Eastern Cape still viewed Trollip as the current mayor of the metro and the party does not recognise the result of the no-confidence vote which took place.
Bhanga said there had been no official meeting and the opposition councillors had been practising to run the metro. He said the opposition had tried to empower themselves so they could plunder the metro’s resources.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane seemed more circumspect about the matter and has focused his attention on reversing the result of the meeting.
Before his apparent and now uncertain ousting, Trollip had survived four motions of no-confidence in the past 10 months. Trollip was infamously targeted for removal by EFF leader Julius Malema as retribution for the DA voting against the land expropriation policy.
The United Democratic Movement’s Mongameli Bobani was elected as the mayor by the remaining councillors and he has already appointed a mayoral committee.
The DA is currently facing similar issues in Gauteng where the ANC has called for early election in order to elect new leaders in both Tshwane and Johannesburg. The ANC said it was time to end the failed experiment of coalition government which was costing the people of both cities dearly.
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