- DA leader Mmusi Maimane believes Athol Trollip was removed as the mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay because of the colour of his skin
- Trollip was ousted in a controversial motion of no confidence vote on Monday night
- Maimane said opposition councillors had formed a coalition of corruption in the metro
Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Mmusi Maimane believes Athol Trollip was ousted as the mayor of Nelson Mandela because of the colour of his skin. An emotional Maimane said opposition councillors had formed an unholy coalition.
Councillors representing the United Democratic Movement (UDM), Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) and African National Congress (ANC) united to remove Trollip in a controversial no-confidence vote on Monday night. Maimane described the group as a coalition of corruption.
Maimane warned that the new spirit of cooperation between the EFF and ANC should be worrying to not only DA members but to all South Africans. Maimane said the parties had combined to oust Trollip simply because he’s white. The DA leader said this was a coalition against race.
Briefly.co.za gathered that the DA has confirmed that it would challenge Trollip’s removal in court and the party said it was confident that any reasonable judge would set aside the appointment of the UDM’s Mongameli Bobani as mayor.
Maimane said the vote against Trollip, which took place after the initial meeting which saw Jonathan Lawack removed as council speaker had been adjourned and the DA caucus had left the meeting, was an insult to NMB residents and was a coalition of corruption.
The DA leader said it was clear that the opposition wanted to have access to metro coffers in order to enrich themselves and continue their own corrupt ways.
Thesouthafrican.com reported that Maimane was saddened by the actions of the DA’s councillor Victor Manyati who had in effect joined forced with the opposition. Maimane said it was unfortunate that Manyati had succumbed to corruption.
Maimane confirmed that Manyati was no longer a member of the DA. Citizen.co.za reported that Maimane claims that that the opposition had offered to help Manyati fight a pending corruption charge.
The DA leader said this latest development was worrying for South Africa because it was clear that the ANC and EFF were trying to cause racial tensions in the country and return politics to a white vs black scenario.
The DA called a special meeting of its Federal Executive on Wednesday to discuss how to deal with the potential threat developments in NMB could have on its control over the Johannesburg and Tshwane metros.
EFF leader Julius Malema has already indicated that his party would seek to oust Tshwane mayor Solly Msimanga. Malema accused Msimanga of protecting whites who were corrupt and said the mayor would not complete his term.
Malema said while the EFF had no clear candidate to replace Msimanga his party would support anyone who brought a credible and viable candidate.
The DA is worried that events in NMB will cause a shift in the delicate power sharing agreement it has in Tshwane and Johannesburg. The ANC recently called for fresh elections in Gauteng to end what it called the failed experiment of coalition government.
The ANC in Gauteng said coalition governments had proven to be a failure and was nothing but a waste of taxpayer money and caused undue delays in service delivery standards.
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