- Nelson Mandela Bay Mayor Athol Trollip has invited EFF leader Julius Malema to visit the metro in a last-ditch effort to stop a motion of no confidence against him
- Trollip said Malema needed to show the people of NMB that he cared about the issues facing them and to find out first hand whether they wanted the ANC to return to power
- Malema said the EFF would table a motion of no confidence against Trollip on 6 April
Nelson Mandela Bay executive Mayor Athol Trollip has invited Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema to visit the metro, this would appear to be a last-ditch effort to stop the EFF’s motion of no confidence against him.
“Show our people that you really understand and care about their issues and hear from them yourself whether they want the ANC back in government in their city.”
Trollip made the impassioned plea to Malema in an open letter on Tuesday. In the letter, Trollip noted how much admiration he had gained for Malema during negotiations and discussions about forming a coalition after the 2016 local elections.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Trollip made special mention of the growing levels of trust and cooperation between the Democratic Alliance (DA) led coalition council and six EFF councillors.
Trollip said he respected the EFF for its stance on stamping out corruption while maintaining independence. He said Malema was a man of his word, which in the political arena was something rare.
Trollip expressed his shock and confusion that Malema and the EFF were trying to punish the DA and himself for holding differing political ideology on land reform and ‘the offensive colour of my skin’.
EFF national spokesperson Mbuyiseni Ndlozi has not responded to requests for comments about the letter. It is unknown at this time whether Malema will accept the invitation to visit the area.
Trollip warned that removing him from office would have dire consequences for all the residents of Nelson Mandela Bay, he said service delivery projects worth billions of rand would grind to a halt.
Malema previously said his party would only support the former deputy minister of finance Mcebisi Jonas as the ANC’s candidate for mayor. Malema said Jonas was a man of principle and had proven he was not afraid to take on corruption in the ANC.
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