Crucial Nelson Mandela Bay council meeting to elect Mayor moved to Thursday

AUGUST 13, 2016

The much-awaited council meeting to elect the new Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor that was scheduled for Monday is now expected to happen on Thursday next week. In the meantime, Acting City Manager, Johann Metler, and his managers have been running the Metro since the desolution of council on Sunday.

At that council meeting a new Executive Mayor, his/her Deputy, the Speaker and the Chief Whip will be elected.

The postponement may also have come as good news for political parties jostling for control of the Metro.

While the Democratic Alliance (DA) won the majority of the votes in the Bay - giving it 57 seats at council, it fell short of the 60 seats needed for an outright majority. Only at the first political steering committee meeting will it become apparent, who has the political majority in the municipality.

Both the DA and the African National Congress (ANC) - which has 50 seats, are understood to be wooing the smaller political parties to achieve this political majority.

In the unlikely event of a deadlock vote and the 14 days within which to elect a new council elapses, then the provincial and national governments have a legal manadate to intervene and ensure that residents get a working council in order to expedite service delivery.

On Wednesday, the DA dismissed what it termed “ANC-inspired rumours” that coalition talks with other parties in the various Metros it contested during last week’s local government elections, had been finalised and agreed to.

In a statement, the party’s Federal Chairperson James Selfe said the allegations amounted to nothing but a “desperate spin by Luthuli House” as well as being the “last kicks of a dying horse, desperate to cling onto power using misinformation”.

“The DA will continue with its negotiations in earnest with the clear objective of putting together governments that give effect to the majority of the electorates’ rejection of the ANC and its management of local government,” Selfe said.

Read more on this here:  http://www.rnews.co.za/article/10351/da-denies-reaching-coalition-agreement