Nelson Mandela Bay should have a new Mayor next week

AUGUST 11, 2016

If all goes according to plan, the Nelson Mandela Bay should have a new Executive Mayor in office on Tuesday morning next week. At the moment, Acting City Manager, Johann Metler, has been running the Metro since Sunday.

He is expected to call for a council meeting on Monday for the election of the new Executive Mayor, his/her Deputy, the Speaker and the Chief Whip.

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.

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