Athol Trollip is one of the veterans in the Democratic Alliance. He has an admirable political career as he has cultivated a political history that marvels most people. He has served several political and leadership positions. One of the most significant positions that he has had is the Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. He is topping the headlines because of his move to resign from the role as the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance. You might want to find out more about him.
For the longest time, Athol Trollip has served the top leadership roles in the Democratic Alliance party. He has also served the position of the mayor. This was the highlight of the latter's career even though he got out of office through a vote of no confidence. He has made a move that has left most people in awe after he announced that he was stepping down from the position of chairperson of the DA. You might want to keep updated on the events that led to his actions.
Athol Trollip biography
Athol Trollip age
The latter was born on 12th March 1964 in Bedford in the Eastern Cape region. As of date, he is fifty-five years old.
Athol Trollip educational background
The latter is an alumnus of the University of Natal that is situated in Pietermaritzburg. He pursued Agricultural Management. Before he joined the University of Natal, he had studied at Woodridge College.
Athol Trollip career
The latter showed interests in politics by joining the liberal Progressive Federal Party in 1980. Fifteen years later, he landed the position of a municipal councillor under the Democratic Party. After three years of serving the position of the municipal councillor, he landed the role of the provincial chairperson. In 2002, he grew a rank higher and became the leader of the Democratic Alliance for the Eastern Cape region. He also served the position of the member of the legislature of the East Cape province.
Position as a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly
In 2009, he contested for the position of the Parliamentary Leader of the DA South Africa, a seat that he won. Winning this position meant that he was a Member of Parliament in the National Assembly. He served this role for two years that followed.
In 2011, during the elections for the Parliamentary Leader for the Democratic Alliance, Athol lost the elections to MP Lindiwe Mazibuko. That meant that he did not have any position in the National Assembly. He, therefore, went back to the Eastern Cape Legislature in 2013.
Position as the Mayor
In 2014, during the general elections, Athol Trollip contested as the leading candidate for the Democratic Alliance for the Eastern Cape province. On 13th April 2015, Athol was declared as the candidate who would represent the Democratic Alliance for the position of the mayor for the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. He was to contest for that position during the Local Government Elections that would be held the following year.
During the Federal Congress of the Democratic Alliance that was held in May that year, Athol Trollip was elected as the party's Federal Chairperson.
In 2016, the Local Government Elections were held, and the latter won in Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality. His election as mayor resulted in support from other smaller parties like the UDM. That was so because the Democratic Alliance had not won a majority of the seats during the elections. That also influenced the appointment of UDM's Mongameli Bobani as the deputy of the party.
From that day henceforth, Athol Trollip contact details changed to those of the municipality's, and one could reach out to him through the municipality's addresses and telephone number.
Athol Trollip vote of no confidence
The latter served the position of the mayor for two years. During this time, tension arose between him and his deputy. Several attempts were made from the other party leaders to try and fix the situation that was going on. The efforts were, however, not successful. In late 2017, the deputy mayor, Mongameli Bobani, was expelled from the coalition. The months that followed were chaotic as several motions of a vote of no confidence regarding Trollip's position as the mayor were presented.
One of the hearings of the motions was scheduled for 30th March 2018. Voting was, however, postponed after the meeting turned out to be chaotic as a result of commotion that was caused by the opposition parties.
In August 2018, the parties in the opposition, the ANC and the EFF, finally had their way in replacing the mayor. Mongameli Bobani took over the position of the mayor. DA leadership, led by Victor Manyati, who was the councillor, refused to support the party in a speaker vote. As a result, the supporters of the Democratic Alliance ended up leaving the council.
When elections were conducted to have Bobani as mayor officially, he had 61 votes in his favour and none against him. This did not mean that it would be a smooth road for Bobani as the Democratic Alliance went to court to challenge his election. According to the party, Trollip's vote of no confidence occurred after the council of the Democratic Alliance had walked out. That meant that there was no quorum when the voting process took place.
Bobani takes over as mayor
The court's decision was not in favour of the Democratic Alliance. It, therefore, upheld Bobani's election as the mayor. According to the court, by the time of the election, Victor Manyati was still a member of the Democratic Alliance, and as a result, there was a quorum. As of date, Athol Trollip serves the position of the leader of the opposition for Nelson Mandela Bay council.
The quest for the position of the Democratic Alliance Federal Council
In October 2019, Athol Trollip declared that he was going to run during the elections of the chairperson of the Democratic Alliance Federal Council. When the elections were held later in October, he lost to Helen Zille.
Athol Trollip resignation
Days after the DA Federal Council elections, the latter has topped the news after he resigned from the position of chairperson of the party. During a presser that happened on 23rd October 2019, Athol announced his move stating:
My decision today is not an easy one. It’s taken out of soul searching. I’ve been a public rep for 25 years. Mmusi inspired me when he said DA is not a home for us. I was deeply inspired by that. The highlight of my career was being elected mayor of NMB. When I was mayor I was able to implement DA policies that developed people.
A low-light was when the EFF decided to cut the throat of whiteness and that throat was mine. They even managed to turn one of our own and the landslide that’s happened since is evident. I firmly believe that there’s a time to come and a time to go and realised that this past weekend was my time to go.
Athol Trollip news about his resignation from the party's position has also influenced Mmusi Maimane to announce his decision regarding it.
Despite his resignation, the latter still shows interest in the welfare of the Democratic Alliance. He recently posted about the results of the ward by-elections and commended the party's exemplary performance.
Athol Trollip contact details
You could reach out to him through his social media accounts such as Twitter or Facebook.
Athol Trollip speaking Xhosa
The latter takes pride in frequently speaking Xhosa.
Athol Trollip has made a move that has caught most people by surprise. His stepping down from the DA's leadership position is a move that none had anticipated.