DA leader Mmusi Maimane is expected to brief the media after the apparent removal of Athol Trollip as mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay.
On Monday the DA coalition’s speaker Johnathan Lawack was removed after a motion of no confidence in him was brought. It succeeded with one vote after DA councillor Victor Manyati abstained.
Shortly after this motion, during a break, the DA presented a letter to Mettler, stating that Manyati had been kicked out of the party.
After obtaining a legal opinion, Mettler declared that Manyati, who was by then sitting among ANC councillors and not his DA colleagues, was not a councillor.
Upon this statement, the councillors from the DA and its coalition partners jumped up and danced and proceeded to leave the chamber.
The council would have had to elect a new speaker, after which a motion of no confidence in Trollip would have been heard.
Mettler said the meeting did not have a quorum and could not continue.
Several opposition councillors complained.
The opposition councillors waited until Eastern Cape MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Fikile Xasa sent an official to preside over the meeting.
When the official proceeded with the meeting, after ascertaining that there was a quorum, Buyelwa Mafaya was elected speaker and proceeded with a motion of no confidence in Trollip, brought by the EFF. Every councillor present supported it.
After Trollip was disposed of, Bobani was unanimously elected mayor. (News24)
Nqaba Bhanga, DA Eastern Cape Provincial Leader – 27 August 2018
In today’s council sitting, the ANC, UDM and EFF banded together and supported a Motion of No Confidence to remove the DA-led coalition administration in Nelson Mandela Bay, removing both Mayor Athol Trollip and Speaker Jonathan Lawack. This decision by the unholy alliance of the ANC, EFF and UDM is in order to fill their own party coffers with public funds and bring looting back ahead of the 2019 elections. The ANC and the EFF have rejected the will of the people in favour of enriching themselves.
The ANC lost Nelson Mandela Bay in 2016 as the people of the Bay finally fired them after two decades of brazen corruption. Since then, the DA-led government has turned the tide on corruption and ensured the people’s money is spent on benefitting the people of Nelson Mandela Bay.
However, the ANC, UDM and EFF have today united around a shared interest – eating public funds designed to create work and deliver services to the people. This matter is quite simple. It is a battle between those who want to plunder state resources for themselves and their friends and those who are working tirelessly to empower the citizens of our nation.
The DA-led government has already made a huge difference in Nelson Mandela Bay. In just 24 months in office, the DA-led government achieved the following successes:
- The City is now financially liquid with over R2 billion in the bank and recently received a AAA credit rating;
Achieved annual financial statements that indicate the administration has achieved record levels of spending in the financial year 2017/18;
Installed the first ever metro police force, with 135 fully trained officers who have attended to over 25 000 crime fighting interactions;
Boasts one of the best Urban Settlements Development Grant (USDG) spending performances in the country at 97% this year;
Has successfully exposed and stopped corruption on contracts to the tune of R615 million, eradicated 9046 bucket toilets, resurfaced 55 820 square metres of road and managed to triple the number of annual jobs created by the EPWP (Expanded Public Works Program);
Significantly improved turnaround times on administrative functions such as building plan approval and rates clearance transactions;
The Thusong Centre in Motherwell was completed and opened within a year after R12 million was spent, a total of 5439 EPWP jobs were created and 646 streetlights installed in a number of areas;
The Shot-spotter technology installed in Helenvale also proved to be a great success and within 90 days of its installation, gunshots were reduced by 90%; and
IPTS busses are on the road, and the highly secured Clearly Park Bus Depot has been completed.
Every day the DA is in government is a threat to the corrupt and divisive politics of the ANC, UDM and EFF. They know that residents are experiencing a real alternative under DA-led governments, corruption is being eradicated, services are delivered, and opportunity is being created for all.
We call on all South Africans to punish the ANC, UDM and EFF at the ballot box in 2019. They have stolen the will of the people of Nelson Mandela Bay and brought back corruption to a city that rejected the ANC just two years ago.